'Spider-Man' Musical Now the Top Show on Broadway

Troubled musical narrowly outgrosses 'Wicked'

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Despite a seemingly never-ending run of bad publicity, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark became the highest-grossing show on Broadway last week. The production, which features music by U2's Bono and the Edge, outgrossed the blockbuster musical Wicked by a tiny margin: $58.

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That may seem like an almost negligible difference, but it should be noted that while Wicked was playing to sold-out shows in a smaller venue at full price for an average ticket price of $109.76, Spider-Man's grosses were diminished somewhat by slightly lower average ticket price of $102.86 and several discount and complimentary tickets.

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This is good news for the production, which has come under harsh criticism for its poor safety record, numerous delays and sky-high budget. The musical, which is still being tinkered with by director Julie Taymor, Bono and the Edge while in previews, is scheduled to officially open on February 7th.

The Witch Is Dead? ‘Spider-Man’ Outgrosses ‘Wicked’ on Broadway [NY Times]