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Julie Taymor takes aim at Bono in 'Spider-Man' lawsuit

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

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' producers reach settlement with Julie Taymor's directors' union

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.

'Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark' producers file countersuit against Julie Taymor

The producers behind Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark have filed a countersuit against ousted director (and the show’s creator) Julie Taymor. The helmer, who was fired from the production last year, had filed suit against them in November, alleging that her termination violated her creative rights and that she had still not been financially compensated her for her work on the musical.

The producers’ counterclaim, filed in New York today, accuses Taymor of failing to fulfill her contractual obligations when she refused to collaborate on their efforts to improve the show after its disastrous first batch of previews. Thus, because of the “delays and the increased expenses due to Taymor’s actions,” they were forced to hire new co-bookwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and new director Philip Wm. McKinley “in order for the show to survive.”

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‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ breaks Broadway record
Happy Birthday, ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’!

Happy Birthday, 'Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark'! Hope you asked for cash.

One year ago today, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark swung into New York City’s Foxwoods Theatre for its very first preview—a disastrous outing that was stopped five times as wires fell, scenery broke, and two actors were left dangling helplessly in midair. Twelve months, two directors, six rescheduled opening nights, and 369 performances later, how is Broadway’s injury-ridden, lawsuit-stricken, most-expensive-musical-ever faring?

Eh. On the celebratory side, since starting previews, Spider-Man’s been playing to nearly full houses (665,395 total tickets sold so far) and grossing an average of $1.4 million a week, despite earning mostly bad reviews when it opened in June. Last week—which included the tourist-filled Thanksgiving holiday—the musical didn’t just best all its previous weekly grosses by earning $2.1 million dollars, it also it broke Foxwoods’ record for the highest six-day haul by a single show. Granted, the venue has hosted only eight other productions, including flops like The Pirate Queen, in its 13-year history.

On the bury-your-head-and-pretend-your-birthday-is-just-another-day side, the New York Times estimated that the $75 million show, which costs over $1 million a week to operate, would have to play at this capacity for at least five more years in order to pay off its debts. And that projection doesn’t account for the legal fees accrued to fight lawsuits recently filed by original director Julie Taymor and investor Patricia Lambrecht—or any possible payouts.

So what’s a 1-year-old show to do? Improve with age. According to the Times, rather than relying on money from touring productions or international versions of the musical to recoup its investment, Spider-Man‘s producers are going to first focus on bettering the current show in New York (albeit with costly endeavors). Among their ideas: adding a new scene and musical number every year. They’ll also expand Spidey’s radio advertising campaign across the country and continue to aggressively court foreign tourists. Who knows–we could be back here next year celebrating the show’s terrible twos.

'South Park' skewers Broadway: Too late or right on the money?

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

Broadway box office update: Summer’s Winners and Losers

The Great White Way grossed over $204 million this summer. Who got the lot of it? Who lost out? And what does it all mean?

• Usual suspects Wicked and The Lion King are the season’s big earners, taking in $19.6 million and $19.2 million, respectively. Yet the remaining top three spots belong to newcomers Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (17.6 million), The Book of Mormon ($13.3 million), and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying ($12.1 million).

Spider-Man may be doing well, but its reported $1.2 million nut (the overhead cost to run the show every week) will be tough for the production to crack, as it only earned an average $1.6 million per week since mid June.  READ FULL STORY

Rebooted 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' still climbing the box office despite bad reviews

A $75 million dollar budget and $1.2 million in weekly operating costs are difficult to atone for, but Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark is doing its best. The show — which officially opened with a retooled version on June 14 — played to 100 percent capacity last week despite earning harsh to middling reviews (overall verdict: what used to be a wild mess, is now a dull less-of-a mess).  And it made bank, taking in $1.7 million — the musical’s best weekly gross since its first seven days of previews back in January, when it earned $1.8 million — which marked a 41 percent increase from the previous week. In fact, the show has been on a constant financial inclined since the beginning of June.

So, is this all good? Not really. Spider-Man‘s producers recently admitted to The New York Times that the show would need to run for nearly seven years to recoup its investors’ cash. That’s one year longer than the Broadway tenure of the much-loved The Producers and Avenue Q (which both ran for six years), but still a lot shorter than the longest running Broadway musical of all time, The Phantom of the Opera (23 years).

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Julie Taymor says ‘Spider-Man’ harmed by Twitter, focus groups
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark': The new reviews are in!
EW’s official review of ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’

Julie Taymor says 'Spider-Man' harmed by Twitter, focus groups

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

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark': The new reviews are in!

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

Bill Clinton loves Broadway's 'Spider-Man'!

“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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‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ review
Even Sesame Street is poking fun at ‘Spider-Man’ musical. Has this show suffered enough?
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark': Pics from the Red Carpet

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