U2 celebrate 'Spider-Man' success

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Irish Times

Rock giants U2 are celebrating the success of their Broadway record-breaking hit Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark after it shattered Broadway box office and attendance records during the last week of 2011.

Bono and The Edge wrote the music and lyrics for the show, which was once branded the biggest flop on Broadway but took in $2,941,790 (€2.25m) over nine performances last week.

"For all the problems, there was magic on the stage," said Bono. "Things did get chaotic and messy after our producer Tony Adams died.

"But this week's news has us all giddy again and we are raising our glasses to Tony, to our indefatigable cast, crew, creative- and production team."

The show had had a turbulent start including injuries to actors, delays in opening night and poor reviews.

The Edge added: "It just goes to show that you can't keep a good superhero down.

"This is a proud day for everyone who has been a part of this show. The Broadway public have voted with their feet."

Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark has been seen by more than 700,000 audience members from around the world - including 17,375 people last week in The Foxwoods Theatre.

The previous record was held by Wicked , which grossed 2,228,235 dollars last January.

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