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TONY AWARDS TO FEATURE NEIL PATRICK HARRIS — AND SPIDER-MAN

April 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This year’s Tony Awards will once again by hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted them two years ago and won an Emmy for his effort. This year’s ceremonies, to be carried by CBS on June 12, will originate from Broadway’s Beacon theater and could see an uptick in ratings due to interest in the […]

THINGS BRIGHTEN UP FOR SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK

June 28, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Theater critics may be losing their influence on Broadway the way movie critics have elsewhere. The musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which might have considered going dark following mostly negative reviews for its “official” opening two weeks ago, has fast become a hot ticket, earning $1.9 million in its first week and $1.7 million […]

MCCREERY WINS BIG; SO DOES AMERICAN IDOL

May 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox’s season finale of American Idol Wednesday night averaged 28.16 million viewers. Here’s a run-down by half-hours: 8:00 p.m.: 22.95 million: 8:30 p.m.: 27.78 million; 9:00 p.m.: 30.63 million; 9:30 p.m. (in which the winner, 17-year-old Scotty McCreery, was crowned): 31.27 million. In addition, Fox announced earlier in the day that 122.4 million votes were […]

PRODUCERS WON’T TURN OFF BROADWAY SUPERMAN

March 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Costs continue to mount for Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, with the production’s budget soaring towards that of a blockbuster Hollywood movie — with only one theater to recoup the investment. Published reports are now estimating that $70-75 million has already been poured into the troubled production, which has been plagued by accidents, cost […]

SPIDER-MAN: BROADWAY’S COSTLIEST FLOP?

February 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Apparently concluding that Broadway producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark planned to keep pushing back the official premiere of the musical ad infinitum, New York theater critics decided to break protocol Tuesday and review it while it was still in previews. They unanimously damned the $65-million production. Michael Riedel, who writes the “Broadway Matinee” […]

IS HOPE FADING FOR SPIDEY ON BROADWAY?

November 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Although the $65-million Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will have to run for years before it is able to generate a profit, the general manager of the Foxwoods Theater, where it is playing, is already talking to producers of other upcoming productions about keeping his theater in mind, the New York Times reported […]

SPIDEY ON BROADWAY: GOOD NEWS TURNS TO DISASTER

November 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which is due to open officially on January 11, appeared to get off to an auspicious start with a featured segment on Sunday’s 60 Minutes and the debut of commercials for the show in the New York area. But the late-night newscasts in the city were […]