Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Broadway's Spider-Man May Lose Its Genius, Director Julie Taymor

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Broadway's Spider-Man May Lose Its Genius, Director Julie Taymor

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After spending nine years shepherding 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' to Broadway, theater phenomenon Julie Taymor reportedly no longer will direct the show.

Two-time Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, who took Broadway by storm with her groundbreaking production of "The Lion King," is reportedly no longer the director of the beleaguered musical 'Spider- Man: Turn Off The Dark.'

The New York Daily News wrote that sources say Ms. Taymor is 'out' and that the show's spokesman, Rick Miramontez, declined to comment. It is unclear whether Ms. Taymor quit or was fired.

Setback after setback has befallen the production, including high- flying injuries, several delayed openings, federal workplace safety violations, and critical condemnation. Despite - or perhaps because - of its high-profile problems, "Spider-Man" has been a top money- maker since it started the longest preview period ever for a Broadway show on Nov. 28, 2010. It has enjoyed buzz louder than any Broadway production in memory.

The opening date is slated for March 15, although the show may be shut down temporarily for tweaks. …

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