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‘Marvel Universe Live!’ teases stunts, explosions & Cap’s shield

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Feld Entertainment has released a new look behind the scenes of Marvel Universe Live!, complete with explosions, flipping S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicles, dirtbikes, a skateboarder, Captain America’s flying shield … and a cameo by Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada.

Employing a combination of state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics and aerial stunts, the multimillion-dollar arena tour show centers on the Cosmic Cube, which has been split into pieces by Thor to keep the device out of the wrong hands. But when Loki hatches a plan to clone the item’s powers, the Marvel superheroes must unite for a globe-spanning mission to secure all of the pieces before the villains can.

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Bechdel & Co. are bringing ‘Fun Home’ musical to South Carolina

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In the wake of the uproar in South Carolina over her graphic memoir Fun Home, cartoonist Alison Bechdel has joined with the producers and cast of the musical adaptation to bring the acclaimed off-Broadway show to the College of Charleston.

The Post and Courier reports tickets went on sale Tuesday for two concert-version performances to be held April 21 at Memminger Auditorium; about 750 were sold within the first 24 hours. The show, which premiered in September, was announced this week as finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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‘Marvel Universe Live!’ will center on race for Cosmic Cube

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Concept art for Tony Stark’s workshop

USA Today has confirmed story details for Marvel Universe Live!, the upcoming arena tour show from Marvel and Feld Entertainment.

Employing a combination of state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics and aerial stunts, the production centers on the Cosmic Cube, which has been split into pieces by Thor to keep the device out of the wrong hands. But when Loki hatches a plan to clone the item’s powers, the Marvel superheroes must unite for a globe-spanning mission to secure all of the pieces before the villains can. Early teasers for Marvel Universe Live! had hinted at the Cosmic Cube as a plot element.

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First look at ‘The Marvel Experience’s’ massive Dome

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Hero Ventures has unveiled concept art of the 2-acre domed complex for The Marvel Experience, its $30 million interactive tour set to launch in the spring.

Announced in August, the traveling attraction is characterized as a “first-person superhero adventure,” with audiences becoming part of the action through state-of-the-art multimedia technology, including a 4D motion ride and 3D-animated features.

The Marvel Experience is designed to resemble a S.H.I.E.L.D. mobile command center, with the Dome reach more than six stories in height. Inside, there will be a maze of connected domes that lead guests through interactive games and original animated short films that lead to the centerpiece, the motion ride.

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Final curtain falls on ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’

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In an ending that The New York Times could only describe as “fitting,” the $75 million musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark closed its tumultuous Broadway run on Saturday with a technical glitch — one that required a crew member to run on stage during the performance to deal with a door that didn’t shut properly.

But in the grand scheme of the show’s three-year run — 1,268 performances in all — marked by cast injuries, a ballooning budget, early scathing reviews and the unceremonious firing of director and co-creator Julie Taymor, the snafu was minor. Still, “fitting” is the perfect word for it.

Producers announced in November (nearly three years after previews began) they would close the show Jan. 4, with plans to reopen in 2015 in Las Vegas, where they hope the most expensive production in Broadway history will be able to turn a profit.

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‘Marvel Universe Live!’ calls in the X-Men

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We’ve seen the Avengers, Spider-Man and his rogues, a cadre of villains and a quartet of superheroines, and now Marvel and Feld Entertainment have debuted the first look at the X-Men from the upcoming arena show tour Marvel Universe Live!

CraveOnline has character designs for Cyclops and Wolverine, while the Marvel Universe Live! Facebook page debuts Storm.

“Storm’s look has evolved in many directions,” costume designer Cynthia Nordstorm explained. “I mixed her flair with hints of Egyptian royalty. Pairing leather and boots really sets her up to ‘rock’ alongside her fellow X-Men.”

Launching in July, Marvel Universe Live! will bring Marvel’s most iconic heroes and villains to 85 cities across North America in the show’s first two years. The live-action production will integrate a character-driven storyline with state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts and martial arts for what producers say will “redefine the live show experience.”

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‘Marvel Universe Live!’ adds Captain Marvel, Black Widow & more

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After introducing Spider-Man and his rogues, and a cadre of villains, Marvel and Feld Entertainment have revealed the roster of female heroes and villains for the upcoming arena show tour Marvel Universe Live!

PopSugar has the first look at Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Maria Hill, Black Cat and Madame Hydra, while the Marvel Universe Live! Facebook page adds Pepper Potts into the mix. They join such previously announced Marvel characters as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, Falcon, Nick Fury, Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin and the Red Skull.

Launching in July, Marvel Universe Live! will bring Marvel’s most iconic heroes and villains to 85 cities across North America in the show’s first two years. The live-action production will integrate a character-driven storyline with state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts and martial arts for what producers say will “redefine the live show experience.”

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‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ could lose $60 million

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Already the most expensive production in Broadway history, when Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark closes on Jan. 4, it also will have racked up historic losses that The New York Times pegs as high as $60 million. That’s compared to the $5 million to $15 million usually lost by “flops,” which, granted, typically cost far, far less than the $75 million musical.

Several investors tell the newspaper they’ve not been repaid any of the money they’ve put into the show, and producer Michael Cohl concedes some of them may lose all of their investments unless Spider-Man is profitable in Las Vegas, where it’s expected to re-open in 2015.

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‘Marvel Universe Live!’ brings on the bad guys

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While Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark may be winding down — on Broadway, at least — another superhero stage production is only getting started: Marvel and Feld Entertainment’s Marvel Universe Live!, which this morning announced more supervillains for the upcoming arena show tour.

IGN.com has the first look at character designs for Loki, Iron Man foe Aldrich Killian, Red Skull, A.I.M. and Chitauri warriors, while the production’s Facebook page debuts a H.Y.D.R.A. agent. They join previously revealed Spider-Man foes Doctor Octopus, Electro, Rhino, Lizard and Green Goblin in the fight against the wall-crawler, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, Falcon, Nick Fury and others.

Launching in July, Marvel Universe Live! will bring Marvel’s most iconic heroes and villains to 85 cities across North America in the show’s first two years. The live-action production will integrate a character-driven storyline with state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts and martial arts for what producers say will “redefine the live show experience.”

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‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ to close on Broadway

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After a tumultuous three years on Broadway marked by cast injuries, public feuds and, lately, dwindling ticket sales, the $75 million musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will close in January, with plans to reopen in 2015 in Las Vegas.

Although the show has been popular, routinely grossing $1 million or a week in ticket sales (at least until recently), it’s the most expensive musical in Broadway history, costing $1.2 million a week to produce. Spider-Man pulled in just $742,595 last week, with The Wall Street Journal reporting that it’s been running below the break-even point for some time now. The production has grossed $703 million since performances began in November 2010, but because even sold-out performances barely cover running expenses, investors have seen little return.

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‘Marvel Universe Live!’ adds Spider-Man and his foes to lineup

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Marvel and Feld Entertainment revealed the addition of Spider-Man and five of his deadliest foes to the Marvel Universe Live! arena show.

The wall crawler and villains Doctor Octopus, Electro, Rhino, Lizard and Green Goblin will join the previously announced Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, Falcon, Nick Fury and agents of S.H.I.E.D. when the tour launches in July.

Announced in March, Marvel Universe Live! will bring Marvel’s most iconic heroes and villains to 85 cities across North America in the show’s first two years. The live-action production will integrate a character-driven storyline with state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts and martial arts for what producers say will “redefine the live show experience.”

The design for the Rhino debuted this morning on the Marvel Universe Live! Facebook page, while the other new additions were unveiled at BuzzFeed.

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First teasers arrive for ‘Marvel Universe Live!’ arena show

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Feld Entertainment has released the videos for Marvel Universe Live! screened during the “Cup o’ Joe” panel at New York Comic Con.

Announced in March, the arena show tour will launch in July 2014, bringing Marvel’s most iconic heroes and villains to 85 cities across North America in its first two years. The live-action production will integrate a character-driven storyline with state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts and martial arts for what producers say will “redefine the live show experience.”

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‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ announces a new web-slinger

justin matthew sargentThe Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has found a new Peter Parker.

Reeve Carney, who has starred in the title role since the production opened in 2010, gave his final performance Sunday night, after which he introduced his successor Justin Matthew Sargent. Carney, who announced his departure in July, soon will begin production on Showtime’s upcoming drama Penny Dreadful.

The production had held open casting calls for Reeve’s replacement, but settled on Sargent, who has been performing as the alternate lead in Spider-Man since August.

“We looked for our new lead in L.A. and New York,” producers Michael Cohl and Jere Harris said in a joint statement. “During Justin’s rehearsals as the alternate, we realized this is the guy to take over for Reeve. He is one of Broadway’s great rockers.”

Indeed, Sargent previously starred in the Broadway production of Rock of Ages.

‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ is getting its own tell-all book

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The $75 million musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been lampooned by Sesame Street and Conan O’Brien, dramatized by Law & Order: Criminal Intent, scrutinized by the press and ridiculed by comics fans. And now the most expensive production in Broadway history is the subject of a tell-all book.

The New York Times reports that Glen Berger, who collaborated on the show’s original script with former director Julie Taymor, has written Song of Spider-Man, which purports to document all of the betrayals and pettiness surrounding her firing in March 2011 and the sweeping overhaul of the production that followed. The newspaper obtained galleys of the book ahead of its Nov. 5 release from Simon & Schuster.

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L.A. comedians prep for celebrity roast of Superman

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For one night only, Superman will finally get what’s coming to him. Just what that is, remains to be seen.

The Los Angeles-based variety act Captured Aural Phantasy Theater will stage a celebrity roast of the Man of Steel Sept. 8 at the historic El Cid as part of a show titled Superhero Variety Hour. Members of the group will play characters from DC Comics, including Lois Lane, Lex Luthor and Superman himself, as well as an unexpected host — Dean Martin. Inspired by the celebrity roasts of the 1970s (and Comedy Central’s recent revivals), actors will play the various parts.

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