(Written for HeyUGuys)
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has taken the highest single-week takings of any show in Broadway history, the BBC reported last week.
The musical, written by U2’s Bono and The Edge, took $2.9m (£1.8m) over nine performances last week, beating the previous record set by Wicked, which took $2.2m (£1.4m) over an eight-show run in January last year.
The Edge said it was a “proud day” for everyone who has been involved with the show, which is the most expensive Broadway show to be produced costing $75m (£48m) to make.
According to figures collected by co-producer Jeremiah Harris and fellow producer Michael Cohl as well, it is thought that the production has been seen by more than 600,000 people during the past year, and that half of all attendees to the musical had never been to a Broadway show before.
The show was, however, initially plagued with many problems, including injuries to some of the cast members, opening night delays, poor reviews and unpaid royalty claims.
Harris admitted that he and Cohl “came into a very difficult situation” when they signed up, and went on to comment that, “We’ve changed the team. We added players when we needed to. We’ve moved some players around to different positions. And the success we’ve had here is the culmination of all those people working hard to get done what we’ve gotten done.”
But, “For all the problems, there was magic on the stage,” said Bono. “Things did get chaotic and messy after our producer Tony Adams died. But this week’s news has us all giddy again and we are raising our glasses to Tony, to our indefatigable cast, crew, creative – and production team.”
Here’s a preview of the stage production for Marvel’s superhero character: