Las Vegas could open its arms for the Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
The troubled $75 million musical ended its run in New York City on January 5. Although the superhero may have spun his final web on Broadway, there’s a strong possibility that Spider-Man could find a new home at the Encore Theater in Sin City.
If you caught Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark in New York, then you might want to check out the Las Vegas version of the musical. According to producer Michael Cohl, they plan to change things up a bit for his debut in the so-called “Entertainment Capital of the World.”
“The story will change slightly with a couple of new songs. It will be different enough to be a fresh experience for those who have seen it, and it will be the most spectacular theatrical show they have ever experienced,” Cohl recently explained.
Producer Jeremiah J. Harris said of the differences: “It will be very similar to New York but obviously sculpted for the Las Vegas market. The sets, costumes and special-effects technology would be used in the Las Vegas production.”
Should the producers of the most expensive musical ever made strike a deal with the folks at Wynn, the production could take the stage as early as 2015. Even if the show’s Las Vegas debut falls through, Cohl hopes to have an arena production ready by 2016.
The cast and crew of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are no doubt hoping the production’s Las Vegas run is a bit more successful than its stint on Broadway. Not only were six people injured during the show, revenue often couldn’t keep up with its weekly production costs.
At the end of the day, producers are reportedly expected to lose an estimated $60 million on the Broadway show. In fact, there’s even talk of a German tour to help recoup some of those loses. Apparently this stint is still up in the air as of this writing.
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will occupy the space previously inhabited by country icon Garth Brooks during his residency in Las Vegas. Rumors were making the rounds last year that singer-songwriter Jon Secada would take over the vacancy, though it would appear that those negotiations have fallen apart.
What do you think about the Spider-Man musical possibly coming to Las Vegas? Do you think the expensive musical will have better luck in Sin City than it did in New York?