Is the Foxwoods Theater in New York City—where Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is scheduled to open next month—already looking for other shows? The answer might be yes.
According to the New York Times, three Broadway producers said that the theater's management is "sending signals" that the $65 million production might not have a very long stay at the Foxwoods. All three producers, who currently have productions running or are planning new ones, told the Times that they were contacted within the last two weeks by Erich Jungwirth, the new general manager of the Foxwoods, who called around to introduce himself and ask the producers to keep the theater in mind for future productions.
Now these kinds of introductory calls are apparently standard operating procedure for a new theater manager, but the producers said they were surprised that Jungwirth was already asking about future shows with Spider-Man not even running yet.
Jungwirth, when contacted by the Times, said in a statement, "I can confirm that I have met with people in the industry to introduce myself as the new GM of the Foxwoods Theater. It is the custom in our industry for a new GM to both introduce themselves in the community and to see if there are any shows coming up that may be able to play in our venue. ... As for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, we are incredibly positive about the prospects and are optimistic that the show is going to have a fantastic run at the Foxwoods Theater for many years to come."
A spokesman for the show itself said, "We are looking forward to Spider-Man being at the Foxwoods Theater for years to come."
The cast and crew of Spider-Man go back to work tonight after having Monday off. The show had its first preview on Sunday night, with reports indicating that the long-delayed and expensive production's many stunts and special effects failed to work properly, while its score and script were also said to be lacking. The show is scheduled to open on Jan. 11, and a spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter that previews "will continue as planned."