The iconic blue-and-red spandex Spider-Man costume crafted by the late costume designer Eiko Ishioka for the Broadway production of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark will be inducted into the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The honor was announced just days before the production plays its final performance at the Foxwoods Theatre on January 4.
Ishioka's work on Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award. "We are honored that [the Smithsonian has] decided to cement the production's place in the American popular culture canon," producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris said in a statement. "This also serves as a fitting tribute to our incredible costume designer Eiko Ishioka."
Inspired by the Marvel comic-book series, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark features a score by Bono and The Edge and a book by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The Smithsonian currently houses popular culture artifacts including Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and Archie Bunker's chair from TV's All in the Family.
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