No, I’m not talking about a new place to fight crime for good old’ Spidey, I’m talking about the Broadway show. Spider-man will be spinning his last web in NYC come this January as the Broadway production “Spider-man: Turn off the Dark” will be canceled and moved to Las Vegas. Co-producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris decided to cancel the show after weak earnings in the past few months. While Spider-man had been making high earnings, this past summer for the web-head was as tough as a battle with the Sinister Six, and Spider-man never truly recovered. It last broke $1 million in mid-August and hasn’t been able to come near those numbers since with the show needing to make at least $1.2 million a week just to cover costs and break even. Last week the show took in only $742,595, less than half its $1,543,508 potential. We always knew Peter Parker had money issues, but this one is ridiculous!
With the show announced to be closing, no doubt Spidey-fans will go and see it one last time, or those who still want to see it for the first time will be trying to do so, before they close the doors forever, and move to the West Coast.
Despite previews being shown from 2010 through early June 2011, the show didn’t officially open until the middle of June 2011. But even with an incredibly slow start, 2 million people have seen Spider-man since then and it will have played a total of 1,268 performances when it closes January 4th.
In 2012 Spider-man made Broadway history when it not only took in a total value of $2,941,790 in just nine performances (which is the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history), it also ranked in 16th place for the highest grossing show in Broadway history, grossing more than $200 million.
With a new city to perform in, that means a whole new show can be imagined, written, and choreographed, making the former show seem like a high-school production and Spider-man can spin his web over the audience once more.
Spider-man will be performing at the Foxwood theatres until January 4th, 2015. If you can make it, swing on down and show our favorite wall crawler some support and say goodbye. He may be moving to Vegas, but with Peter Parker’s values of “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”, we know that Peter Parker/Spider-man will never change. Not even in a city full of sin.