Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Spider-Man Musical Loses Taymor, Adds Three Months of Previews After Hiatus and Overhaul

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Three more months of waiting!?
  • "Three more months of waiting!?"

After more than three months and 100 show, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has logged more preview performances than any other production in Broadway history, and now, just one week from what was supposed to be an immovable opening date of March 15, producers are making a pair of major announcements: three more months of previews and tinkering (after a multi-week shutdown), and visionary director, writer and mask designer Julie Taymor is out.

After racking up a pair of safety citations from the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration last week, rumors suggested that Taymor might leave the project and that the expected delay was all but a certainty.

Yesterday evening news broke all at once—though an official announcement is still not expected until later this week—that Taymor is leaving the project she helped create, the production will be shut down for several weeks in order to perform a major overhaul, and the opening night will move way back, past the Tony Awards deadline, most likely to the week of the awards ceremony in mid-June. All those non-Glenn Beck critics who said the show would be better off as a perpetual work-in-progress are being granted their wish.

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