It looks like Broadway has a super hero at the head of the pack. "Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark," the new Broadway musical based on the Marvel Comics legendary super hero that features the music of Bono and The Edge of U2, has a major feather in its cap after the last week of 2011.
Over nine performances, the musical took in an amazing (no pun intended) $2,941,790 for the week. The total was the highest single-week haul of any Broadway musical in the history of the Great White Way. The numbers can partly be attributed to the swells of tourists flooding the Big Apple during the holiday season and the large number of premium seats charging a higher price point.
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The road to this success has been a bumpy road to date for the musical, which saw injuries to actors, several opening night delays, the loss of the original director Julie Taymor, and poor reviews from critics who predicted a short-lived run and an expensive failure with a $75 million budget. The opening preview period broke records as well, which gave the musical some legs to stand on despite this adversity.
The show's producers are not content though. They have a budget they need to recoup for their investors. “The time to crow is when we have sustained longevity and we’ve returned the money to our investors,” said Jeremiah Harris, one of the lead producers of "Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark."
Be sure to check out SeatGeek for tickets if you are planning to head to the Big Apple and take in "Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark."
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Credits: Associated Press