It's lights out for "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark." The catastrophe-plagued $75 million musical will close in January, slightly more than three years after it had its first attention-getting preview at the expensively refitted and remodeled Foxwoods Theatre.
In a statement issued Monday evening, Rich Miramontez, spokesman for the most expensive, most injury-plagued show in Broadway history, said, " 'Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark' will be ending its historic Broadway run in January 2014. We are excited to report that the next destination for 'Spider-Man' will be the entertainment capital of the world: Las Vegas."
The musical, originally directed by Julie Taymor with music by U2's Bono and The Edge, was delayed six times before it finally opened to mixed reviews in June 2011. Although the box-office grosses were regularly more than $1.5 million for several years, the numbers have recently been well below the reported weekly running costs of more than $1 million.
It is rumored that the Australian hit spectacle, "King Kong," is eager to move into the large Foxwoods, but reversing the "Spider-Man" modifications could take months.
According to Miramontez, "further details will be announced in the weeks to come."