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Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark Celebrates The New Year By Shattering Broadway Box Office Records

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Sure, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark got off to a rough start, but recent weeks have shown that there is hope for Broadway's most expensive musical ever to make its $75 million budget back.

In fact, the most popular show on Broadway right now just beat out Wicked to set the record for the highest single-week gross of any show in history by ending last week with $2,941,790.20!

The production didn't just inch past the wildly popular Wicked either, it blew the record out of the water by over $700,000!

With 17,375 people in the audience throughout the week, Spider-Man also

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Will Julie Taymor Get A Tony For Spider-Man?

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She can, and that's the point!

Though she was taken off the project after many, many, MANY problems with the show's production, Julie Taymor is actually still eligible to receive a Tony for directing Spider-Man: Turn Out The Dark.

The decision

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Reeve Carney Cast In Jeff Buckley Bio-Pic!

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Uh-oh, Penn Badgley!

Looks like you've got some competition!

The actor has been tapped for a lead role in the in-development Jeff Buckley biopic, Greetings from Tim Buckley, but apparently, he'll be facing another film focusing on the life of the late singer, this one starring Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark actor Reeve Carney!

The late singer's mother, Mary Guibert, has reportedly approved of director Jake Scott's project with Reeve in the lead, and has given them exclusive access to his songs and personal archive!

She reveals:

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Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark Gets Parodied By…Sesame Street?!

Oh man. You know it's bad when you're even getting lampooned by Sesame Street!

Check out a clip from the children's series that takes some serious jabs at the troubled musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, which features Grover as the accident-prone lead in SpiderMonster (above)!

Buuuurn! LOLz!

Just wait until you seen BONO!

He's going to need some serious ice after that one! Ha!

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Bono And The Edge Will Be At The Tonys … But Will They Perform?

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Yeah, we're going to say no, but you never know! The cast is poised to do a number during the show!

Co-creators of the flop new musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Bono and The Edge, are the latest big names to be added to the guest list of the 65th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday.

Most likely they'll just be introducing Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano, their show's stars. Still, would generate a lot of buzz if they got in the pit with the rest of the orchestra! Just saying!

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Original Version Of Spider-Man Musical Swings On 42nd St For The Last Time

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An end to a era, but hopefully the next chapter will be better than the last.

It's been a grueling few months for the cast, crew and creators of Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark. The $65 million musical has found most of its cast in the hospital, its director without a job and its reviews scathing to say the least. With time not on their side, producers have planned a major overhaul of the "historic" show creatively and are hoping to get it back on its feet next month.

So this weekend, the original version of the show, imagined by director Julie Taymor and her team, will take its final bow swing. After that, the show will go on a three-week hiatus to implement all the new changes.

We're sure this is for the best, but then again, what other choice do they have really? Hopefully, whatever producers have up their sleeve will be profitable to them and still enticing for audiences.

Good luck with that!

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Spider-Man Ditches The "Geek Chorus"

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Bummer.

To all those nerdy theater arts kids who thought Bono had finally written a role with them in mind - consider your dreams dashed.

In what of what are sure to be MANY changes from to the creative format of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, sources reveal that the show's "Geek Chorus" has been nixed. The idea stemmed from the use of a chorus in classical Greek dramas and featured three comic geeks and a young woman who would show up intermittently to explain some key plot points.

However, when pushed for more details on the change, a spokesman for the show would only say:

“The production will not comment on any substantive changes to the show."

Makes sense. In actuality, it was Julie Taymor who came up with the idea of having the Geek Chorus. She's out, so why shouldn't all of her contributions?

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