'Spider-Man' musical runs out of web; Broadway show to close in January

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After two smooth, drama-free years on Broadway, the massive musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark will play its final performance at the Foxwoods Theatre on January 4, 2014. And for what it’s worth, it lasted a whole lot longer than anyone expected it to.

But the Bono and the Edge-penned show (which has been the subject of SNL spoof, copious lawsuits, an off-Broadway musical parody, and a tell-all memoir, among other things) won’t be disappearing completely — a spokesman for the production says that the show’s “next destination” will be “the entertainment capital of the world: Las Vegas.” More details about Spidey’s Vegas run will be announced in the weeks to come.

It’s noteworthy that the show managed to pack the houses for two high-energy years — and during a recent visit, I was reminded of the show’s jaw-droppingly impressive scenic design. Spider-Man was nominated for just two Tony Awards in 2012 (scenic and costume design), and it’s a fair statement that it may have deserved to win at least one (it lost to Once and Follies, respectively).

Who will take the mammoth Foxwoods after Spidey and his comic book friends run out of ink? The completely unsubstantiated rumor I hear is that the folks behind the equally gargantuan King Kong musical in Australia are hoping to move into that large space. Maybe a giant monkey will fare a little less litigation than a radioactive arthropod?

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