Theater is a superstitious profession, especially when it comes to failure. On Broadway, the Foxwoods Theatre, which served as home for the troubled musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," will officially be renamed the Lyric for its next tenant -- a revival of the musical "On the Town."
As one of Broadway's biggest houses, the 1,900-seat Foxwoods has undergone a number of name changes since the venue opened on 42nd Street in New York in 1998. It was first called the Ford Center for the Performing Arts and was later rechristened the Hilton Theatre in 2005.
By the time "Spider-Man" began performances in 2010, it had been renamed the Foxwoods in a deal with the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. The musical officially closed in January following a run that was beset with legal and technical problems.
The Foxwoods' next tenant had been expected to be "King Kong," the big-budget Australian musical that was expected to open by the end of the year. But on Thursday, producers said that they won't be opening at the Foxwoods and have pushed back their opening day.
Instead, "On the Town" is scheduled to open at the renamed Lyric sometime in October. The revival production had a run at the Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts last year.
The Foxwoods had been run by Live Nation during the run of "Spider-Man." The venue's new leaseholder is the London-based Ambassador Theater Group. "On the Town" will be directed by John Rando, who previously staged "Urinetown" and "The Wedding Singer" on Broadway.
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