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UPDATE: Broadway producers to Spider-Man director: Major changes or you're fired

03.09.2011

UPDATE - It looks like the possibility has become a reality. The New York Daily News is reporting that producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" have officially fired director Julie Taymor. The show will also temporarily shut down while a new creative team is assembled to help fix the beleaguered production. No official word on when the musical will resume previews but the hiatus is expected to last at least three months. The cost for the shutdown is expected to be over $1.3 million per day.

We all suspected it would get to this point, I just think most of us felt it would've happened sooner rather than later. According to the New York Times, producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" have told director Julie Taymor that she needs to agree to an extensive overhaul of the artistic direction of the musical or she will be fired. Taymor is in discussions with her producers, as well as Bono and The Edge, who wrote the music for the production, about how extensive the changes will need to be, who will be involved in the new creative team and when the show might actually open.

As of today, "Spider-Man" is still set to open on March 15th but it's looking highly unlikely that will happen and when it's finally announced, it will mark the sixth time the opening date has been delayed.

As of yesterday, it was unclear whether Taymor was accepting of the changes producers were requesting or if she was willing to walk away. The Times reports that Bono, who has been mostly separated from the New York City production, has taken an active role in the new negotiations.

There are reports that the production is looking at a number of new choreographers, playwrights and directors to either add to the current team or replace an existing member.

Taymor only recently made her first public comments about the trials and tribulations saying, "I am in the crucible right now. It is my trial by fire. Itís my companyís trial by fire." Right now, her producers might feel like she's guilty as charged.

Source: NY Times

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12:17AM on 03/10/2011
Taymor wasn't "fired".
You guys need to stop taking such delight in wanting to see this show fail; it's enough of a failure in and of itself. It's become a joke.
It's a shame it's probably taking money away from other worthwhile shows that need mounting.
Again, Taymor wasn't fired. While I believe she's probably thankful at this point to get away from the project, so she can attempt to regain some of the respect she's lost, there's been no mention of her being officially fired or spurned by
Taymor wasn't "fired".
You guys need to stop taking such delight in wanting to see this show fail; it's enough of a failure in and of itself. It's become a joke.
It's a shame it's probably taking money away from other worthwhile shows that need mounting.
Again, Taymor wasn't fired. While I believe she's probably thankful at this point to get away from the project, so she can attempt to regain some of the respect she's lost, there's been no mention of her being officially fired or spurned by the producers. Their official statement is that Taymor has professional obligations after the 14th. Since that was due to be the opening night, her job would have been done and she would have been free of the show. Since the show is now delayed till Summer, she's unavailable to continue her duties.
Although...who knows with this show.
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8:34PM on 03/09/2011
HUGE Face palm big time. This is just damn ridiculous.
HUGE Face palm big time. This is just damn ridiculous.
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7:28PM on 03/09/2011
I saw Goody Taymor with the devil! I saw Goody Bono with the devil and Tituba!
I saw Goody Taymor with the devil! I saw Goody Bono with the devil and Tituba!
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3:10PM on 03/09/2011
PULL THE DAMN PLUG! It doesnt take a genius to figure out what they lost already and what theyre facing to lose, theyll still be in the damn hole at the end of the run
PULL THE DAMN PLUG! It doesnt take a genius to figure out what they lost already and what theyre facing to lose, theyll still be in the damn hole at the end of the run
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2:25PM on 03/09/2011
What a FAIL
What a FAIL
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2:14PM on 03/09/2011
This whole mess would make for one hell of a documentary.
This whole mess would make for one hell of a documentary.
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1:38PM on 03/09/2011
All this reminds of some rookie playing Texas Hold'em and asking for four cards. What a mess. Know when to fold!
All this reminds of some rookie playing Texas Hold'em and asking for four cards. What a mess. Know when to fold!
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11:18AM on 03/09/2011

got a cost question...

I read part of the article and smirked at the news. but one part the caught my eye was: "The cost for the shutdown is expected to be over $1.3 million per day."

i'm just curious...how does that work/happen? where does that figure come from and why does it cost that much per day etc.... any insight is appreciated. thanks.
I read part of the article and smirked at the news. but one part the caught my eye was: "The cost for the shutdown is expected to be over $1.3 million per day."

i'm just curious...how does that work/happen? where does that figure come from and why does it cost that much per day etc.... any insight is appreciated. thanks.
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11:24AM on 03/09/2011
Because all of the cast, crew, marketing groups and sales groups are under contract to work those days and they need to be paid regardless of whether or not production is shut down.
Because all of the cast, crew, marketing groups and sales groups are under contract to work those days and they need to be paid regardless of whether or not production is shut down.
10:50AM on 03/09/2011
The problem here lies with whoever gave approval to the creation of this abomination. If someone comes up to you and says "I have a great idea for a Spiderman Musical", the first thing you should do is shoot them and then stand by with an axe in case they come back from the dead.

If they stay dead, then shoot yourself next for having a meeting with such a person. Line of successive stupidity broken, problem solved.
The problem here lies with whoever gave approval to the creation of this abomination. If someone comes up to you and says "I have a great idea for a Spiderman Musical", the first thing you should do is shoot them and then stand by with an axe in case they come back from the dead.

If they stay dead, then shoot yourself next for having a meeting with such a person. Line of successive stupidity broken, problem solved.
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12:50PM on 03/08/2011

Spider-Man...Spider-Man...

"...NOT doing everything a spider can. Spins a problem ANY size, catches postponement just like flies, Hey man..."

btw: loving the "Spider-Man Facepalm" pic Mr. Sampson.
"...NOT doing everything a spider can. Spins a problem ANY size, catches postponement just like flies, Hey man..."

btw: loving the "Spider-Man Facepalm" pic Mr. Sampson.
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12:49PM on 03/08/2011

has to open

has to Officially open by April 28 if they want Tony Nominations, which the producers of the show definitely want
has to Officially open by April 28 if they want Tony Nominations, which the producers of the show definitely want
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12:31PM on 03/08/2011

Really?

It ain't hard to make a decent Superhero -"product" You got the comics, several great stories are literally already created, it shouldn't be such a hassle to make 'em into movies, shows, or plays, don't mess with what ain't broke.
It ain't hard to make a decent Superhero -"product" You got the comics, several great stories are literally already created, it shouldn't be such a hassle to make 'em into movies, shows, or plays, don't mess with what ain't broke.
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11:15AM on 03/08/2011
Not going to lie. The little kid in me wouldn't understand why they are making a musical out of Spider-Man. I would then go back to playing Super Metroid.
Not going to lie. The little kid in me wouldn't understand why they are making a musical out of Spider-Man. I would then go back to playing Super Metroid.
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11:14AM on 03/08/2011

Kill this show now

What money is there to be made from the show at this point? A couple months ago they said it would take something ridiculous like 2 years of straight sold out shows for it to make its money back. If they do an overhaul, how long will it have to play to make its money back?

A buddy of mine went to see this a couple weeks ago and he said it wasn't so bad it's funny. It was just plain bad.
What money is there to be made from the show at this point? A couple months ago they said it would take something ridiculous like 2 years of straight sold out shows for it to make its money back. If they do an overhaul, how long will it have to play to make its money back?

A buddy of mine went to see this a couple weeks ago and he said it wasn't so bad it's funny. It was just plain bad.
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10:50AM on 03/08/2011
Not going to lie. The little kid in me would love to see this.
Not going to lie. The little kid in me would love to see this.
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10:16AM on 03/08/2011
You scared me, I thought this was somehow related to the Mark Webb reboot. Who gives a shit about the musical? I get that Taymor is playing the MODERN card. But who honestly is like, "OH SHIT, Bono and the Edge and spiderman? Marsha get me the phone!"
You scared me, I thought this was somehow related to the Mark Webb reboot. Who gives a shit about the musical? I get that Taymor is playing the MODERN card. But who honestly is like, "OH SHIT, Bono and the Edge and spiderman? Marsha get me the phone!"
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9:42AM on 03/08/2011
Just pull the plug on this train wreck already! Bono and Edge can do a Spider-Man theme album with U2 if they think their songs for this are so special.They'll pump millions into this mess and yet At The Mountains of Madness can't get made. WTF!
Just pull the plug on this train wreck already! Bono and Edge can do a Spider-Man theme album with U2 if they think their songs for this are so special.They'll pump millions into this mess and yet At The Mountains of Madness can't get made. WTF!
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9:31AM on 03/08/2011

Very good.....

I'm happy the musical is getting the flak it deserves. It's understandable if Hollywood adapt comics, because at their core, they are true capitalist whores (though I can be pro comic book film if it is done well). But Broadway? Not only is that idea impossible, its friggin ridiculous. Not to mention dangerous.
I'm happy the musical is getting the flak it deserves. It's understandable if Hollywood adapt comics, because at their core, they are true capitalist whores (though I can be pro comic book film if it is done well). But Broadway? Not only is that idea impossible, its friggin ridiculous. Not to mention dangerous.
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