Broadway’s “Spider-Man” to close in January.
Could Amar’e Stoudemire be next?
According to the New York Times, the troubled Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will end its New York run on January 4 with projected losses of $60 million. This does not bode well for similarly troubled Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire, whose $60 millionth Knick Dollar will be paid in early December.
The two have had remarkably similar careers since coming to New York in the fall of 2010:
The Promise: High-Flying Entertainment
These two were bought and brought for their spectacular acrobatic moves and the hope that you don’t need solid defense/storytelling to succeed in the Big Apple.
At times, the results have been amazing. In his first season, Amar’e set a franchise record of 9 straight games of 30 points or more, landing him on the All-NBA Second Team. In 2012, Spider-Man broke the weekly Broadway box office record with $2,941,790.20.
The Reality: Injuries
Unfortunately, both Amar’e (back, bulging disk, hand lacerations, knees, knees) and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (wrists, feet, concussion, freefall, neck) have proven to be quite injury-prone.
The Reality: Okay Big 3
Amar’e has struggled without an elite distributor like Steve Nash. Spidey has struggled with a songwriting team that peaked in 1987.
Possible Hope: Germany
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark hopes the future is brighter in Germany, where plans for a production are underway. Perhaps Amar’e should head there as well, with 50% of fans believing that he’ll be fine if he “goes and does the German knee thing.” This of course refers to whatever Kobe did in Germany in 2011 and 2013 that magically fixed his knees.