Saturday 17 March 2018

Spider-Man's $2.9m take is music to Bono's ears

The cast of 'Spider-Man' after the opening night performance last June
The cast of 'Spider-Man' after the opening night performance last June
Bono and wife Ali

Mark Kennedy and Ken Sweeney

ONCE branded the biggest flop on Broadway, U2's Spider-Man is now breaking records.

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' took in a whopping $2,941,790 (€2.25m) over nine performances last week, which is the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history.

It shatters the old record held by 'Wicked', which last January recorded the then-highest one-week take on Broadway with a $2,228,235 haul, though over eight shows. Last week, 'Wicked' took in $2,712,535 over nine shows.

The stunt-heavy Spider-Man show, which at $75m makes it the costliest ever on Broadway, muscled to the top despite a turbulent history, including injuries to actors, delays in opening night, poor reviews and a record-breaking preview period.

Many shows added a ninth performance to boost takings over the holiday season.

'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying', with Daniel Radcliffe ending his Broadway run, broke the box office record at the Hirschfeld Theatre, grossing $1,910,224 over nine performances.

'Spider-Man' fans have kept coming to the 1,930-seat Foxwoods Theatre despite a spring shake-up that led to the firing of Julie Taymor -- the original co-writer and director -- and an overhaul of the plot and songs by U2's Bono and the Edge.

Producers say it has been seen by more than 600,000 people over the past year.

Irish Independent

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