‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ Survives First Year (Sort Of)

Expectations are high for the Bono and Edge score, along with Lion King director Julie Taymor at the helm...despite some "11th hour kinks."
Actress Natalie Mendoza suffers a head injury on set, which is still nothing compared to Christopher Tierney who will shatter his ribs and sustain internal injuries when his safety gear breaks during a routine on December 20th. “It’s all about tweaking nuts and bolts now, and we’re slightly behind, but really it’s finally coming together at long last,” says producer Michael Cohl to The New York Times. Mr. Tierney will later rejoin the cast.
John Lahr tells the world how much show sucks. Even WITH all the date pushbacks! Show still in previews...
Kristen Wiig does an especially good parody of the whole mess on Saturday Night Live
Bye-bye dangerous acrobatic stunts and odd Grecian subplot...show goes into hiatus while the whole shebang is re-hauled with a new creative team.
Still not showing general public post-Taymor overhauls, Spider-Man once again goes into previews at Foxwoods Theatre.
No one dies. Plans to expand into a national production, because producers like to watch their money burn up in a fiery blaze of lawsuits, apparently.
"Spider-Man" makes it out of previews!
This weekend, Broadway’s most expensive show* celebrated it’s first birthday by finally . That’s right, somehow Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark defied all the bookie odds and managed to stay in previews (and a brief hiatus) for 7 months before opening in June. Now it’s “officially” been at the Foxwoods Theatre for one year. Happy birthday Spidey!

In honor of this momentous occasion, we put together a little timeline of the show’s history. Enjoy! And try not to hurt yourself while reading this.

* $75 million+, and that’s not even including the ongoing lawsuit with former director Julie Taymor and the worker’s comp paid out to injured cast members.

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