Theatre: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
is a Broadway musical based on the Marvel Comics
superhero. Directed by Julie Taymor (director of the Broadway version of The Lion King
) with the score and lyrics by Bono and the Edge of U2
. As of this writing, it is the single most expensive Broadway musical ever produced, costing about seventy-five million dollars.
The musical is best known for its very, very Troubled Production
. Several actors were injured during rehearsals and the preview period, falling while performing the show's elaborate aerial stunts, causing many to joke that it should have been called Spider-Man: Notify Next of Kin
. The script underwent Retooling
more than once, and Julie Taymor was fired
, during this time. The whopping one hundred and eighty-two performances before the show officially debuted was the longest preview period in Broadway history. This production closed in January 2014; while it looks to be one of the biggest flops in Broadway history with its backers looking at losses of $60 million, the producers intend to stage it elsewhere in years to come.
Storywise, the final product is largely based on the first two Sam Raimi films
, with the myth of Arachne
and the Maximum Carnage story arc
added into the mix.
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark provides examples of the following tropes: