Though 'Spider-Man' leaving Broadway, a part remains

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Before Spider-Man takes his final bow on Broadway this weekend, the show is swinging into history in another way.

Producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" said Thursday that the Smithsonian Institution is inducting one of the hero's first costumes into the permanent collection at the National Museum of American History in Washington.

The red-and-blue costume designed by Eiko Ishioka and worn by actor Reeve Carney will join a collection of iconic Americana.

"The Smithsonian is the gatekeeper when it comes to the American popular culture canon, so this feels like a kind of coronation for all of us," said Michael Cohl, a lead producer.

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