The world’s most expensive musical, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, has knocked Wicked off the Number One slot at the box-office on Broadway.
The new show, directed by The Lion King’s Julie Taymor and previewing at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York, pulled in $1,588,514 at the box-office last week.
The show was originally slated to open on 11 January. However, a number of set-backs have led the costly show to put back its official opening to 7 February.
Such has been the intense interest around the musical that a number of New York critics have filed reviews based on preview performances, something which is frowned upon by producers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Jeremy Gerard from Bloomberg News and Linda Winer from Newsday have both broken ranks with other critics and written reviews, joining the wave of on-line bloggers who have been posting about the show.
The production has suffered a series of cast injuries during its rehearsals and previews as a result of the ambitious flying sequences staged throughout the show. The most serious incident was stunt man Christopher Tierney, who suffered from four broken ribs and three cracked vertebrae after falling 30 feet into the orchestra pit. He hopes to return to the show once he recovers.
Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark features music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge and stars Reeve Carney as the Marvel comic book hero Peter Parker who is bitten by a spider and finds he has super powers.