Mexican movie producer Billy Rovzar has gone Broadway with all the bells and whistles that $66 million can buy. His Broadway debut is the much discussed and maligned Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The play is expected to opening at the Foxwood Theatre in New York City. This international debut, is considered the the most expensive musical ever. The play is currently open as a preview and will officially open in January 11, 2011.
Rovzar has shown intense excitement over twitter, encouraging followers to check out the preview shows. He even twitted a photograph of the cast snapped by Anne Leibovitz for Vogue Magazine.
The filmmaker, married to Mexican soap opera star Sara Maldonado, had been wanting to make the production company he shares with his brother Fernando Rovzar “Lemon Producciones” a global effort and produce international projects. Billy and Fernando Rovzar are great-grandchildren of Televisa’s founder, Emilio Azcarraga V. and nephews of Televisa’s current Owner and CEO, Emilio Azcarraga Jean.
The first reviews to come out of the preview shows have been mixed, some praising the ambition, drive and visual magnificence of the musical, some criticizing it’s script, and the fact that several actors have been injured on set. Big names such as Bono and The Edge wrote the music and songs featured in the production.