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Spider-Man' Theater Already Eyeing Replacements

Foxwoods Theater's new manager confirms meeting with reps for other shows

November 30, 2010 9:47 AM ET

After years of financial and technical problems, the $65 million Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark — featuring music by Bono and The Edge — finally had its first public preview Sunday — and by most accounts, it was a dud. And now the Foxwoods Theater, which is hosting the show, the may be in the market for a new musical, according to The New York Times.

Video: Bono and the Edge Introduce Spider-Man Song

Three producers told the paper that they were contacted by the Foxwoods' new general manager, Erich Jungwirth, who introduced himself and asked if they "had productions in the works that might be a future fit for the Foxwoods Theater." The producers said that Jungwirth asked them to keep the theater "in mind as they developed or optioned productions for Broadway."

The producers, who spoke on the condition that they not be named, said that such introductions are common for a new theater manager, but they also said Jungwirth seemed uncertain about the length of Spider-man's run at the Foxwoods.

After initially declining comment, Jungwirth told the paper on Monday that he had met with people in the industry to introduce himself and to keep "the lines of communication open" and "know what inventory and products are available."

He then said, "As for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, we are incredibly positive about the prospects and are optimistic that the show is going to have a fantastic run at the Foxwoods Theater for many years to come."

Could 'Spider-Man' Be a Short-Timer at the Foxwoods Theater? [New York Times]

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