At Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre, Spider-Man takes on the Green Goblin in a gravity-defying battle over Manhattan eight times every week. But that’s nothing compared to the fight that’s still unfolding off-stage between the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and ex-director Julie Taymor. Yesterday, Taymor filed new documents in her $1 million lawsuit — in which she claims she’s owed royalties for the show despite being fired last March — revealing private emails that paint composers Bono and the Edge, co-writer Glen Berger, and other collaborators in a harshly negative light. READ FULL STORY
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8 Legged Productions LLC, the producers of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, has reached a settlement with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), the union representing the show’s creator Julie Taymor.
According to a press release sent to EW by Spider-Man production spokesperson Rick Miramontez, the producers of the show have agreed to pay Taymor full royalties for her services as director and, once the show recoups, as a collaborator. They also withdrew litigation in which the producers challenged the SDC’s jurisdiction and the SDC arbitrated against the producers.
However, this settlement is strictly between the producers and the directors’ union, not Taymor herself; the lawsuits between Taymor and Spider-Man’s producers regarding authorship are still ongoing.
Taymor filed a suit against the producers in November after being fired from the production, alleging that she had not been properly compensated for her work on the musical and that her ousting violated her creative rights. In January, the show’s producers fired back with a countersuit that accused Taymor of failing to fulfill her contractual obligations when she refused to work with collaborators to improve Spider-Man after the show’s much-admonished debut in previews.
Before their brilliantly un-PC musical Book of Mormon opened on Broadway and transformed them into Tony winners, co-authors Trey Parker and Matt Stone paid a visit to The Late Show with David Letterman. While there, Letterman joked to the duo about their show, “I think I just heard Eugene O’Neill turn over in his grave.” (Funnily enough, that sound bite has been used as a selling point in ads for the sold-out-until-the-end-of-time show.)
Of course, if their deliriously offensive musical didn’t make O’Neill do that yet, last night’s South Park probably did. The Broadway-themed episode — titled “Broadway Bro-Down,” which was co-written by Parker and Stone’s Book of Mormon collaborator Robert Lopez — suggested that not only do the toe-tapping shows we all know and love have subtext that makes women, er, perform for their dates, but that said shows are written by a bunch of high-fiving, beer-guzzling chauvinists. Those chauvinists being Broadway legends like Stephen Sondheim, Elton John, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. READ FULL STORY
Days after the official opening of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, director Julie Taymor spoke candidly at a conference of theater professionals about the challenges that led her to leave the show in March. According to the New York Times, Taymor pointed a finger at the show’s producers for using focus group testing to tweak the show after a round of scathing early reviews in February. “It’s very scary if people are going more towards that, to have audiences tell you how to make a show,” she told an audience at the national conference of the Theatre Communications Group in L.A. on Saturday. “Shakespeare would have been appalled.” READ FULL STORY
Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark made its official debut last night after overcoming months of delays, media ridicule, and the departure of original director Julie Taymor. But now the $70 million musical, which got a creative overhaul during a three week hiatus last month, faces its biggest challenge yet: Winning over the critics who widely panned it back in February. So how did it go over? READ FULL STORY
“What an amazing and historic night on Broadway. New York has never seen anything like Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. And I am very proud of them for not giving up, it was fabulous.” — former President Bill Clinton, who released this official statement after attending the opening of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark last night in NYC.
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