Villains like Green Goblin, Venom, Carnage, and Dr. Octopus all attempted to do it, but in the end all it took was a Broadway director and two guys from U2 to stop Spider-Man. Yesterday, The Amp reported that the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark would likely postpone its March 15th opening as producers wrestled with whether to replace director Julie Taymor with a new creative team to fix the nightmare production. Now, we know the severity of the situation: Preview performances of Spider-Man will come to a halt for roughly two to three weeks next month as the cast returns to rehearsal mode to fix what's ailing the critically ravaged musical. This means, obviously, that Spider-Man won't open as scheduled on March 15th. If all goes well in the new rehearsals and preview performances, we're looking at an early summer opening night for the $65 million musical.
This is bad news for the show's creative team, cast, and crew, but the biggest victims are probably not the producers who are losing roughly $1 million a week during the musical's shutdown, but the Spider-Man and U2 fanatics who purchased tickets for the March 15th opening months ago. After months of mishaps and injuries, producers promised the delays would end mid-month, so fans circled March 15th on their calendars and made travel arrangements. Now, with less than a week before the scheduled opening, fans are learning what producers were too ashamed to reveal weeks ago: Spider-Man is not ready for March 15th.
When Turn Off the Dark does return to the stage, it's looking more and more like the musical will be under the tutelage of a new director: According to the Daily News, Taymor has decided to exit the production: "Taymor is out. She's left the building." It was Taymor along with U2's Bono and The Edge who brainstormed this Spider-Man musical back in 2002, so if rumors of her departure are true, she's left a giant money pit -- and some bruised Irish rock-star egos -- in her wake.
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- Julie Taymor