Julie Taymor breaks silence on 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark'

While speaking at the TED2011 conference in Long Beach, Calif. today, theater director Julie Taymor publicly discussed for the first time her ongoing struggles with the now-infamous Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, according to a New York Times report. “I am in the crucible right now,” she told the audience, referencing the troubled musical, which could reportedly push back its March 15 opening night once again as soon as this week. “It’s my company’s trial by fire. We have survived because our theme song is ‘Rise Above.’… It’s right there in the palm of my hands.”

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  • Wes

    I’m not really sure that said anything new.

  • Thom

    Well, at least she admits it. Although Julie Taymor still owes us – and The Beatles – an apology for Across the Universe.

    • John T.

      Who peed in your cheerios? Across the Universe was an incredible movie!

    • Chelsea

      Um, no, she doesn’t. Across the Universe, while it didn’t do major box office, was very well-received by critics and audience. It’s a beautiful movie.

      • Ryan

        I nearly spit out the food I was eating. Well recieved by critics? Audience MAYBE, but show me ONE positive review that doesn’t also admit there’s plenty of flaws, or even one positive review in general. It was laughably panned by critics, and yes we deserve an apology for being duped by what was probably the best film TRAILER in history. It had one hell of a trailer, but the movie sucked.

      • Chelsea

        Roger Ebert gave it FOUR out of FOUR

    • BigBOO

      Those cheerios have milk not pee in them (begs the question – what do YOU put in your cereal) and YES, she does owe the world an apology. “Across the Universe” was undeniably horrendous. Anyone who says otherwise must be “of a certain age” and still have diamonds sparkling in their eyes over the Beatles.

  • joshii

    I am so happy and excited for the TED Conference. I live in Long Beach yet I still have never gone!

  • DLoui

    Julie Taymor needs a slap across her face because she’s a woman. Get in the kitchen b i t c h

    • Jerv

      Wow. You can type? As soon as you figure out how to open the baby gate, we’re in trouble…

  • Conrad

    I’ve seen the musical, and it seriously is beyond saving.

    And it begins and ends with the story…

    The musical needs to be renamed “Spider Goddess” because she’s the main character.

    In the second act the Spider goddess has 5 songs, Peter 3, and MJ 2. Really? And we’re still calling it Spiderman?

    Seriously, there’s a long scene where the Spider goddess is talking about wanting fashionable shoes. An eight legged creature wanting high heeled shoes. Seriously.

    If Julie Taymor insists on keeping her insane story, it’s doomed.

    • Psac

      some people are calling that song one of the worst things in Broadway history. I’ve seen the musical as well, and completely agree. The first half was fun, the second half was totally dreadful. Worst Show Ever.

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