Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:49:22 GMT | By Francis Whittaker
Spider-Man's 50th anniversary

Spider-Man hits Broadway (2010)

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Spidey made a move into the razzle-dazzle of Broadway when he was given his own musical New York's famous theatre district. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark cost a record $63 million and featured a score by U2's Bono and The Edge, but was beset by problems - including a lead actor and a stuntman falling 30 and 20 feet respectively - and had the longest preview period (182 shows) in Broadway history. The show initially generally scathing reviews from critics in its early run, but things improved and the show has gone on to become relatively successful commercially.