Monday, March 14, 2011

Julie Taymor Threatens To Leave Broadway's Spider-Man With Script, Forcing Full Rewrite

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Spider-Man falls asleep studying yet another new script.
  • Spider-Man falls asleep studying yet another new script.

In an announcement sent out on Friday press reps for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark specified the show's new timetable for its "early summer" opening: The show will continue in its current form through April 17, when the cast and crew will begin rehearsing a new version of the show with director Philip William McKinley to resume previews on May 12 for a June 14 opening. But just how different will the revised version be?

Well, the Post reports that Julie Taymor is none too happy about leaving the show (so much for "scheduling conflicts"), and is threatening to take the script (which she co-wrote with Glen Berger) with her when she walks.

Producers are hurriedly "preparing to start with a brand-new script if they have to," one production source said.

In other words, if you want to see the real Spider-Man Broadway musical you have one month to procure tickets. What emerges from the rewrite process will likely be a stunted perversion of the original disaster spectacle, albeit a more narratively coherent one.

In other news, here's the cast of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark shooting photos for the Post's Page Six.


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