SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark celebrates the second anniversary of its very first performance on Broadway today, and hits the milestone as one of the Top 20 highest grossing Broadway shows of all time (with a total gross of $145,781,262 million and counting).
Reaching the Top 20 in such a short period of time is yet another history-making accomplishment in what continues to be one of the most record-breaking and news-making runs on Broadway. Now entering its third year on Broadway, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark began preview performances on November 28, 2010. The show officially opened on Tuesday, June 14, 2011.
“To find ourselves in the pantheon alongside the biggest smashes of all time, like The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, The Lion King, and Cats, is nothing short of thrilling for all of us,” said producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris. “It still feels like we just opened this show yesterday. What an exciting way to celebrate our anniversary.”
The fastest show in Broadway history to reach one million audience members, SPIDER-MAN broke the record for the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history for the week ending Sunday, January 1, 2012; broke the Broadway single-week attendance record that same week, playing to 17,375 audience members (100.02% capacity of The Foxwoods Theatre); set the weekly box office record of $2,941,790.20; and broke the annual box office record of the Foxwoods Theatre by almost $35 million.
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark has been seen by more than 1 million audience members from around the world. It features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award-winners Bono and The Edge, direction by Philip William McKinley (The Boy From Oz), and a book co-written by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel) and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Fantastic Four and Spider-Man comics, “Big Love”). Scenic Designer George Tsypin and Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka are winners of Outer Critics Circle Awards and were recently nominated for Tony Awards for their work on Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark.
The world’s most recognizable Super Hero leaps off the comic book pages and onto the Broadway stage in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. Peter Parker’s ordinary teenage life takes a turn for the extraordinary when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider and suddenly finds himself endowed with incredible superpowers. Parker quickly learns that with great power comes great responsibility as he tries to juggle the demands of high school and home life, while battling the Green Goblin and his band of super villains as they try to take down New York City and destroy everything Peter holds dear – including the beautiful girl-next-door, Mary Jane Watson. This high-flying groundbreaking and history-making production brings this story – inspired by more than fifty years of Marvel comic books – thrillingly to life.
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark will play the following schedule during from December 24, 2012 – January 6, 2013: Monday, December 24 at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 26 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 27 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 28 at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 29 at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday, December 30 at 1 and 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 1 at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 2 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Thursday, January 3 at 7:30, Friday, January 4 at 8, Saturday, January 5 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, January 6 at 3 p.m.
Photo Credit: Jacob Cohl