Thursday, January 5, 2012

U2 joy at Broadway record-breaker

U2 have raised a glass to the success of their Broadway record-breaking hit.

Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark shattered Broadway box office and attendance records during the last week of 2011 - taking in 2,941,790 dollars (£1.9 million) over nine performances last week.

U2's Bono and The Edge have penned music and lyrics for the show, which was once branded the biggest flop on Broadway.

Bono said: "For all the problems, there was magic on the stage. 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 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 (£1.4 million) last January.

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