November 20, 2013
Broadway has been rocked this week with news that the $75 million musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is to close at the Foxwoods Theater in New York.
The most expensive musical in Broadway history, probably world history, will be leaving New York on 4 January 2014.
Despite packed audiences for it’s initial previews, ticket sales have declined. With running costs said to be around $1.2 million a week, and a gross last week that only touched $742,000 out of a potential $1.5 million, the show has been looking vulnerable for a while.
A new iteration of the show is being planned for Las Vegas in 2015. A much-rumoured West End opening, where producers were believed to have been searching for a large London theatre such as the Palladium or Drury Lane to host the show, now seems highly unlikely.
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark features a score by U2’s Bono and The Edge. The show started previews on 26 November 2010 but didn’t open at the Foxwoods Theatre until 14 June 2011 after a troubled preview period that saw the show’s director and co-book-writer Julie Taymor (Disney’s The Lion King) fired from the show and replaced by Philip William McKinley and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The show was also beset by cast injuries, with six actors injured so far.
In April this year Julie Taymor settled her lawsuit with the producers of the show.
The Foxwoods Theater was bought last year by UK-based Ambassador Theatre Group, headed by Rosemary Squire and Howard Panter.
JULIE TAYMOR TED TALK
If you haven’t already seen this fascinating TED talk with Julie Taymor from 2011, it is worth a look. She talks about life on the creative edge, her work on The Lion King and Spider-Man, and the talk came just at the time when she was most under fire during Spider-Man’s production. A fascinating insight into her and the creative process.
October 7, 2013
Rupert Goold’s new musical thriller of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho to star Doctor Who’s Matt Smith.
Casting has been announced for the new musical thriller at the Almeida Theatre based on cult novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.
American Psycho will star Matt Smith as the lead character of narcissistic yuppie psychopath Patrick Bateman.
Ben Aldridge as Paul Owen, Charlie Anson as Craig McDermott, Jonathan Bailey as Tim Price, Katie Brayben as Courtney Lawrence, Cassandra Compton as Jean, Holly Dale Spencer as Prostitute, Susannah Fielding as Evelyn Williams, Simon Gregor as Detective Kimball, Holly James as Prostitute, Lucie Jones as Female Ensemble, Tom Kay as Sean Bateman, Gillian Kirkpatrick as Patrick’s Mother and Mrs Wolfe, Eugene McCoy as David Van Patten and Hugh Skinner as Luis Carruthers.
The world premiere of the new show, which will be directed by new Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold, features a book by Spiderman: Turn off the Dark’s Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and music and lyrics by Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik.
The show will run at the Almeida from 3 December 2013 to 25 January 2014.
The creative team includes set design by Es Devlin, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, choreography by Lynne Page, lighting by Jon Clark, musical direction by David Shrubsole, sound by Paul Arditti and video by Finn Ross.
American Psycho was turned into a hit movie in 2000 starring Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, Justin Theroux as Timothy Bryce, Chloë Sevigny as Jean and Reese Witherspoon as Evelyn Williams.
American Psycho is an Almeida Theatre and Headlong co-production in association with David Johnson and Jesse Singer for Act 4 Entertainment by special arrangement with Edward R Pressman.
Matt Smith: Best known for playing Doctor Who in the cult BBC TV show. Other TV includes Christopher and His Kind (BBC). Theatre includes That Face (Royal Court, West End), On the Shore of the Wide World, Burn, Citizenship, Chatroom and The History Boys (National Theatre), Fresh Kills (Royal Court), Swimming with Sharks (West End). Film includes How To Catch A Monster (written and directed by Ryan Gosling).
August 14, 2012
Mega Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is set to open in London, although date and venue are yet to be confirmed.
One of the most technically challenging and spectacular Broadway musicals of all time is set to come to London, as the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark look for a venue in London to host the show.
The show follows the storyline of the comic book series and the 2002 movie, featuring teenager Peter Parker and his super spider powers, pitted against enemies including the Green Goblin.
Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has become as famous for its backstage antics as its on-stage spectacle, with a very public falling out between producers and the original director Julie Taymor, and a series of serious accidents that occurred in previews and early shows as the cast got to grips with the technically complex aerial flying.
The show features a score and lyrics by U2′s Bono and the Edge and is directed by Julie Taymor and Phillip William McKinley, with a book by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. It is currently unclear whether the lead of the Broadway show, Reeve Carney, would transfer to London or if the producers will find a home-grown Spider-Man. A UK star has become more likely since British actor Andrew Garfield was cast in the latest movie rebooting of the franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man.
The challenge for the producers in London will be to find a venue big enough to host this giant show. Watch this space.
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May 14, 2011
A new TV commercial has been launched for the “reimagined” Broadway musical Spider-Man Turn off the Dark, starring Reeve Carney and featuring music and lyrics by U2′s Bono and The Edge.
The show, which cost around $70 million – the most expensive Broadway musical ever staged, reopened on Thursday (12 May 2011) after closing for a revamp on 19 April. It has been previewing since November 2010.
Producers of the much-troubled musical parted company with the show’s original director, co-writer and visionary Julie Taymor in March, to be replaced by playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, director Philip William McKinley and choreographer Chase Brock. The new team has cleaned up the story, added more flying sequences, and Bono and The Edge have also reworked a number of the songs.
Reeve Carney stars as Peter Parker in the show. He told CBS News that the changes had been “reinvigorating” and that, “there’s an energy in the company because of having a clear direction, knowing where we’re headed and knowing that it’s going to be to a greater place.”
Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark – New TV Commercial