Spider-Man postponed for sixth time
New York - The Tony Award winning director of The Lion King
, will no longer direct Broadway's troubled Spider-Man musical as producers announced a new creative team and postponed the show's official opening to summer.
Julie Taymor, who also co-wrote the book for Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark
, will remain a part of the new team, lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J Harris said on Wednesday, in announcing an unprecedented sixth delay for the musical.
"Julie Taymor is not leaving the creative team. Her vision has been at the heart of this production since its inception and will continue to be so," the producers said in a statement. "Julie's previous commitments mean that past March 15, she cannot work the 24/7 necessary to make the changes in the production in order to be ready for our opening." 'Trial by fire'
On Wednesday, a friend and long time associate said the lack of time to hone the show had been one of Taymor's great frustrations.
"She's been distraught that there's so little time to rehearse," said Jeffrey Horowitz, artistic director of the Theatre for a New Audience.
Also distressing to Taymor has been the tenor of much of the news coverage and online chatter. "It's hard - I try not to look," she told The Associated Press in a brief conversation in December. She more recently referred to her troubles during a talk at TED, an annual tech conference held this year in Long Beach, California.
"I'm in The Crucible
right now," she said, referring to the Arthur Miller play about the Salem witch trials. "It's trial by fire."
The show's representative, Rick Miramontez, said no performances will be cancelled during the overhaul. Tony Award
Philip William McKinley and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa have joined the $65m production to assist with new staging and rewrites for the show, which was to have opened on March 15. Musical consultants Paul Bogaev and sound designer Peter Hylenski are also on the new team.
Taymor's directing duties will be handled by McKinley, who directed The Boy From Oz
(2003) and The Night of the Hunter
(2006). Aguirre-Sacasa worked on HBO's Big Love
and has written for Marvel comics, and wrote the play The Picture of Dorian Gray
, based on the Oscar Wilde novel.
The delay has taken the show out of the running for Tony Award consideration this year, but it will be eligible for the 2012 season.
The stunt-heavy and highly visual musical was co-written by Taymor and Glen Berger, and has music by U2's Bono and The Edge.
The unusual move to again delay the show came as Spider-Man
continues to defy the reviews and post impressive numbers at the box office. It was the second highest-grossing show on Broadway this week, after Wicked, pulling in close to $1.3m - though it was slightly down from the week before.