Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Spotlight On "Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark"

Producers of the Broadway stage show "Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark", based on the New York-based superhero, created by Marvel Comics' writer Stan Lee and illustrator Steve Ditko, report that the musical production rang in the New Year as the highest grossing show on Broadway, shattering the record for the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history.

Total gross for the record-breaking week ending Sunday, January 1 was $2,941,790.20, besting the previous record of $2,228,235 set by "Wicked" in 2011.

Playing to 17,375 audience members (100.02% capacity of The Foxwoods Theatre), "STOTD" also enjoyed the highest single-week attendance by any show in Broadway history (playing a standard 9-show holiday schedule).

Currently in its second year on Broadway, "STOTD" began preview performances on November 28, 2010.

"We are thrilled that the public has taken such a liking to this show," said Toronto-based producer Michael Cohl, along with co-producer Jeremiah J. Harris. "The audience continues to grow, and it is great to enter the New Year with such momentum."

"STOTD" features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award-winners Bono and The Edge, directed by Philip William McKinley, taking over from Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor ("The Lion King").

The show currently stars Reeve Carney as 'Peter Parker/Spider-Man', Patrick Page as 'Norman Osborn/Green Goblin', Rebecca Faulkenberry as 'Mary Jane Watson' and Christina Sajous as 'Arachne'.

"...inspired by nearly 50 years of Marvel comic books, 'Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark' follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek suddenly endowed with incredible powers soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains put both his physical strength and strength of character to the test..."

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