Formal Announcement Expected Later This Week, Reports Say

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — “Spider-Man” will be ending its run on Broadway in January, according to multiple published reports Monday night.

Variety, Playbill, the Wall Street Journal and numerous other sources reported that “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark” will leave the stage. A formal announcement is expected later this week, Variety reported.

“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” has been Broadway’s most expensive show with a price tag of $75 million. It became one of its biggest hits after a rocky start, with six delays in its opening night, injuries to fellow actors, a shake-up that led to the firing of Julie Taymor, the show’s original director, and critical drubbing.

One actor, Christopher Tierney, suffered a fractured skull, a fractured shoulder-blade, four broken ribs and three broken vertebrae during a fall on Dec. 20, 2010; he made a triumphant return to the show.

A lead actress, Natalie Mendoza, suffered a concussion during the first preview performance and left the show. A stuntman, Richard Kobak, sued the producers, saying he suffered a concussion, whiplash and two holes in his knees.

Actor Daniel Curry, who was playing the part of Spider-Man himself, was suffered a major leg injury during an August show. The show was immediately halted.

Sales for the show began to drop dramatically after Labor Day, Variety reported.

For now, “Spider-Man” is onstage at the Foxwoods Theatre, 213 W. 42nd St.

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