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Julie Taymor steps down as director Spider-Man musical

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Thursday, March 10, 2011

After several highly publicized setbacks to the production of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, director Julie Taymor has stepped down from her prominent position with the production.

In a statement released earlier this morning, Turn off the Dark producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J Harris gave praise to Taymor's vision of the superhero stage play and insisted that she will be a part of the production but in a reduced capacity.

After its premiere was cancelled and rescheduled several times, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark was supposed to have its official opening night next week, March 15. That date has been postponed yet again to an unspecified time in the early summer of 2011.

As Bono and The Edge work on incorporating two new songs into the show, and Spider-Man comic book writer/playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacas works on fine-tuning the story, experienced Broadway director Phil McKinley has been hired to replace Taymor's role. Turn Off the Dark has also hired a new musical consultant, Paul Bogaev, and a sound designer, Peter Hylensk.

Even as the play continues to work out its kinks, the producers will continue to sell tickets for preview performances. Since last December there have been over 100 preview shows of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Contrast that to other well-known Broadway shows like Wicked, which had 25 preview performances before its opening night, or The Lion King which had 33 dry runs. Yet with all of its cast injuries and weirdness associated with it, Turn Off the Dark is making its investors their money back: last week's run of previews netted the production nearly $1.3 million dollars in ticket sales.

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Charlie Sheen needs to be kept separated from this play at all costs. Only bad things could happen from letting these two ginormous trainwrecks meet.

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