It was announced this week that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will be closing its doors Jan. 4, 2014. But the show, which is currently performed at Foxwoods Theatre, won't be gone for good. Instead, the flashy production will head to Las Vegas, joining other theater shows such as Jersey Boys and Blue Man Group.
When Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark opened on Broadway, many feared it wouldn't last long. Prior to its debut, it had gained quite a bit of traction, but for all the wrong reasons; many were talking about its production-related troubles, including a need to retool the book and score, as well as stunt-related issues. Rehearsals and previews were both dragged on longer than anticipated when several actors were injured during the process. In fact, Spider-Man currently holds the record for longest preview period in history, with 182 performances.
Michael Cohl — producer for Spider-Man — told AP, "We can have a more exciting and better show in Las Vegas. To me, Las Vegas is the town of show business. ...If you look at our show, it's much, much more a spectacle and a Vegas show than a Broadway show. So I think we're going to have a great time there."
After a little over a month after its opening on Broadway, it was announced that Big Fish will close December 29. By then, it will have played 34 previews and just under 100 shows (98) at Neil Simon Theatre.
The show was based off of a 1998 novel written by Daniel Wallace called "Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions." In 2003, the novel was turned into a movie starring Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lang, Helena Bonham Carter, and Albert Finney. Directed by Tim Burton, this rendition was the likely inspiration behind the Broadway production, which was set in Alabama and followed Edward Bloom, a man of many stories.
Big Fish has a successful run in Chicago prior to its Broadway debut. The show is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, with a book by John August, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Academy Award winners Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks produce the show.
Alanis Morissette's 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill, might just be heading to Broadway. Morissette and Tom Kitt (a Pulitzer Prize winner who has previously worked on Broadway shows like If/Then) are said to be collaborating on a musical that will be inspired by the iconic '90s album.
If all goes well, a workshop production of the musical will debut in New York come 2014. It would include the entire album's tracklist, as well as songs from other Morrisette albums and some new songs she'll compose specifically for the production.
Friendly reminder: Angsty "You Oughta Know" — Morisette's first single off of Jagged Little Pill — is rumored to have been written about Dave Coulier, who played Joey Gladstone on "Full House."
With the winter holidays creeping up on us, so, too, will the holiday shows. This month, Christmas and winter-themed productions come in the form of theater shows like Elf and White Christmas and concerts like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In sports, November is the first full month in the NBA season, and there are several WWE events to choose from.
Justin Timberlake: The Justin Timberlake solo tour for "The 20/20 Experience" (parts 1 and 2) begins tonight. Throughout November, JT will visit cities like Brooklyn, Columbus, Memphis, and Vegas.
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Mannheim Steamroller: 'Tis the season for holiday concerts like Mannheim Steamroller. The Christmas tour spans the holiday season from Nov. 2 through Dec. 29.
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TSO: The famous rock opera begins its annual holiday tour Nov. 13 in Toledo, OH.
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Disney's Broadway musical, The Lion King, is one of the biggest and most beloved theater shows of all time. Last week, it was announced that the show is the first Broadway show ever to gross more than $1 billion in revenue. As of Oct. 6, the show was at $997 million, but by the end of October, that number will grow to more than $1 billion.
It's an amazing feat, especially for a show that's not even the longest-running production in Broadway's history. (That title belongs to The Phantom of the Opera, which has been on Broadway since 1988 — nearly 10 years longer than "The Lion King.") Part of what made The Lion King such a strong money-maker is that in its run, the musical has only dropped under 80 percent audience capacity less than 12 times.
Here are a few facts about The Lion King, the highest-grossing musical of all time:
- The Lion King opened on Broadway in 1997 (Nov. 13, 1997, to be exact). Its previews began Oct. 15, 1997.