When "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" turns out the lights at the Foxwoods Theatre after Saturday's finale, it leaves a legacy as one of the most high-profile and talked-about musicals in years.
Press and patrons alike, we were like characters in a comic-book scene, our word balloons crowding each other out of the panel as we jabbered about behind-the-scenes drama, cast injuries and delays that resulted in a record number of previews for any Broadway show. The musical's original director and co-writer, Julie Taymor, was ousted as much for her hubris as for her baroque and unworkable vision. One original performer, Natalie Mendoza, withdrew after being injured in previews; so did her replacement. And aerialist Daniel Curry required unspecified amputations after an August trapdoor accident onstage.
Yet at the same time, despite disappointing reviews, the show was an audience-pleaser running 21/2 years and seen by 1,834,692 people, according to the producers' tally. As it swings into the sunset for Vegas or other incarnations, let's look at the web of numbers this record-setting show has spun.
1 Drama Desk Award nomination (Featured Actor in a Musical: Patrick Page)
6 Known performers suffering notable injuries (Natalie Mendoza, T.V. Carpio, Christopher Tierney, Kevin Aubin, Richard Kobak, Daniel Curry)
182 Preview performances
200 Shows attended by its biggest fan***
1,200 feet Distance the cast flew per performance; cumulative total: 242 miles***
$60M Projected loss*
$180,573,183 Total gross through Dec. 31 (without previews); $210,623,114 (counting previews)*
* The New York Times, Nov. 19, 2013
** The Broadway League
*** "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" producers