The much-anticipated, much-delayed musical spectacular "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" with music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and the Edge, has been given a date for the start of preview performances – Sunday, Nov. 14 – at Broadway’s newly renamed Foxwoods Theater (formerly the Hilton Theater).
The show’s producers announced on Tuesday that they had also set an opening night, Tuesday, Dec. 21. The musical is estimated to have a budget of $50 million – the largest in Broadway history.
Directed by Julie Taymor, the Tony Award-winning creator of the long-running musical “The Lion King,” “Spider-Man” appears to have rebounded from a long production delay that involved scuttling its original plan to start performances last February. Its former lead producers, led by David Garfinkle, were unable to raise the money for the show, prompting Bono, Ms. Taymor and others to recruit rock impresario Michael Cohl as the new lead producer last November. (Mr. Garfinkle and his Hello Entertainment company remain as producers.)Opening Date Set for ‘Spider-Man’ Musical - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.comIf the schedule holds, “Spider-Man” will begin performances right after the 13th anniversary of the opening of “The Lion King,” the Broadway smash that Ms. Taymor has said that “Spider-Man” will need to rival in success to cover its costs. “The Lion King” began its Broadway run on Oct. 15, 1997, and opened that Nov. 13; since then, the production has grossed $713 million, according to the box-office database of the Broadway League, a trade group for theater producers and owners – and many millions more from other productions worldwide.