Julie Taymor leaving ‘Spiderman’?

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The troubled Spiderman musical has had yet another setback — but this time it’s heart, not bones, that may be broken.

Director Julie Taymor may step away from the misbegotten Broadway musical "Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark" after its producers decided to temporarily shut down the ailing show, according to reports at NY1 and the Daily News.

Taymor, the mad genius whose personal touch contributed much of the outlandish spectacle to the production — most notably, the addition of a new major character she had literally dreamed up —may have been forced out by the show’s producers, who plan to suspend preview performances for up to three weeks to rework the show.

As the Times reports:

[Sources say] Ms. Taymor had backed herself into a corner that she did not foresee: Proud of the current production, despite the near-universal drubbing from theater critics, she has insisted that she be allowed to oversee further changes without any creative authority over her.

… But the lead producers of “Spider-Man,” Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris, have concluded that Ms. Taymor’s position is untenable and that the production would benefit from more objective, ruthless eyes of an outsider to help overhaul the show.

"Turn Off the Dark," which holds its 100th preview tonight, has already been delayed five times and has become infamous for frequent injuries to its cast. Last week the U.S. Department of Labor issued three safety violations to the show’s production team.

Anonymous sources also say that the "Spiderman" producers plan to delay the show’s opening until June, leaving it ineligible for this year’s Tony Awards. However, the musical’s press representative told the Times, "Opening night remains scheduled for March 15." (via Gawker)


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