Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Has Julie Taymor Left ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark?’

Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor has evidently exited Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark as producers plan to shut down the seemingly cursed musical for drastic retooling, the New York Daily News reports.

“Taymor is out. She’s left the building” an anonymous source told the newspaper. At this time, it’s not yet clear whether she quit or was fired. In any event, she’ll finally have the free time to read some of those Spider-Man comic books she’s heard so much about.

While the show was scheduled to open on March 15, its producers’ plan to overhaul the $65 million production will push the opening back yet again to June.

It looks like the people behind Turn Off the Dark are determined to salvage whatever they can. But is this Broadway debacle really worth saving? After all of the cast injuries, technical issues and brutal critical thrashings, does anyone honestly think there is anything remotely redeeming about this show save for its increasingly abundant trainwreck appeal?

By my estimation, attempting to resurrect this disaster doesn’t make a lick of Spidey sense.

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