'Spider-Man' to swing to Las Vegas once it goes dark on Broadway

The seemingly cursed musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will be turning off its lights for good come January -- at least on Broadway.

"We are excited to report that the next destination for 'Spider-Man' will be the entertainment capital of the world: Las Vegas," Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the show, said Monday evening.  "Further details will be announced in the weeks to come."

The production -- the most expensive show in Broadway history at a hefty $75 million -- has not been breaking even for weeks now, according to the Wall Street Journal. According to the Broadway League, the show grossed $742,595 last week, against a potential gross of more than $1.5 million.

The lavish production -- in the largest theater on Broadway, the Foxwoods -- opened in June 2011 and has been fraught with problems from the onset, though in the beginning, attendance wasn't one of them. During one week in January 2012, it raked in nearly $3 million over nine performances, at the time the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history. The production endured both script and technical issues during previews, and several performers have been injured during the show’s run, including a 23-year-old actor whose ankle was caught in a hydraulic stage lift in August.

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“Spider-Man” director Julie Taymor, after being fired, filed a lawsuit against the producers, claiming they violated her creative rights and owed her money. Producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris then countersued, saying Taymor didn't fulfill her directorial duties. A joint settlement was reached in April.


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