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Bono Sees Bright Future for ‘Spider-Man’ Musical

Troubled show will leave Broadway on January 4th

Bono performs in New York CIty.Bono performs in New York CIty.

Bono performs in New York CIty.

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Bono believes Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will have a long, healthy life after the musical closes on Broadway next January following a three year run that was as successful as it was injury-prone, The Associated Press reports. Bono and his U2 bandmate the Edge wrote the music for the production.

“When you think of the difficult birth that we had with Turn Off the Dark, it’s worked out so well,” the singer said at the premiere for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (the film features “Ordinary Love,” the first new U2 song in three years).

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Indeed, Turn Off the Dark has attracted more than two million people during its run, but by the time it opened in 2011 it was already the most expensive Broadway show in history, costing $75 million, and was also tarnished by multiple lawsuits involving the producers and director Julie Taymor (who was eventually fired). To boot, Bono and the Edge had to revamp sizeable chunks of the music and six actors were injured during the show’s run.

Nevertheless, Bono envisions a bright future: “Three hugely successful years, and then it’s off to Germany, it’s off to Las Vegas.” Recently, the show has been plagued by dropping numbers, struggling to break even in New York City despite grossing $750,000 during a recent week, according to the The Wall Street Journal.

“It was a lot more expensive than it should have been,” Bono added, “but in the long term it will . . . do very, very well.” Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark wraps up at the Foxwoods Theatre on January 4th, 2014.

In other U2 news, the band is set to officially release “Ordinary Love” on 10-inch vinyl alongside a new version of their 2009 cut, “Breathe.” Featuring a painting of Nelson Mandela on the cover, the record’s run will be limited to just 10,000 copies  will sell as part of Record Store Day’s “Back to Black Friday” event on November 29th. The band is planning to release a new full-length next spring, and they’ll reportedly announce the album with an ad during this year’s Super Bowl.


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