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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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‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ cast performs on Letterman
‘South Park’ creators: ‘Spider-Man’ musical ‘sucks’ — EXCLUSIVE
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ seeking focus group feedback — EXCLUSIVE
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’: Which review is the harshest?

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' cast performs on Letterman

Tickets for a preview performance of Broadway’s endlessly delayed, accident-riddled, critically savaged, ever-changing Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are still going for upwards of $275. But Late Show viewers got a free peek at the show last night, when cast members Reeve Carney (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), T.V. Carpio (the villainess Arachne), and Jennifer Damiano (Mary Jane) stopped by Letterman’s set to sing “Rise Above,” one of the numbers penned for the show by U2′s Bono and the Edge. Taken out of its context from the story — the song comes right after the death of Peter’s beloved Uncle Ben — the performance came off as a strangely angsty advertisement for the musical, whose TV ads have mostly spotlighted high-stakes acrobatics and surreal set pieces. Check out the clip below, and then let us know: Does it make you want to see the musical?  READ FULL STORY

This Week on Stage: 'Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark' gets help from a Broadway vet and Mandy Patinkin is upstaged by an Anne Frank marionette

Compulsion_320.jpg Image Credit: Joan MarcusWill a week ever pass without Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark news? Apparently not: Amid rumors that the musical’s official opening might be postponed a sixth time (the show’s reps assured EW on Tuesday that they’re still aiming for the planned March 15 premiere), producers hired musical supervisor Paul Bogaev (Aida) to help Julie Taymor, Bono, and Co. rejigger the play. Turning around the problematic production in under a month could take superhuman effort — but Bogaev has major cred when it comes to wrangling high-concept spectacles (like the roller skating-heavy Starlight Express) and rock musicians-cum-composers (like Aida’s Elton John).

In other news, Rent will return to New York on Aug. 11 at New World Stages. READ FULL STORY

'South Park' creators: 'Spider-Man' musical 'sucks' -- EXCLUSIVE

Trey-Parker-Matt-StoneImage Credit: Michael Yarish; Jacob CohlSouth Park visionaries Trey Parker and Matt Stone officially join the Broadway community tonight with the first preview performance of their new musical The Book of Mormon. (Be sure to check out EW’s full Q&A with the duo in our new issue, on stands tomorrow.) And true to their hell-raising reputation, the pair aren’t making nice with their new neighbors — specifically Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. “It’s horrible,” says Parker of the problem-plagued mega-musical. “I don’t think there’s any bombshell in us saying Spider-Man sucks. Nobody thinks it’s good.” Adds Stone: “Obviously, art is subjective. But not in that case. That’s just not good.” READ FULL STORY

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' seeking focus group feedback -- EXCLUSIVE

spider-man-turn-off-darkIn a sign that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is still very much a work in progress even after this week’s pre-opening reviews, EW has confirmed that the Broadway show’s producers have been soliciting audiences to participate in focus groups to help the creators hone in on trouble spots in the weeks leading up to the official March 15 opening. In an e-mail sent on Feb. 8 and obtained by EW, people were invited to see either the first or second act separately and then fill out a survey and take part in a 15-minute discussion. In exchange, participants were promised a “Spider-Man goodie bag worth over $60.” A source close to the production verified the email but declined to elaborate on specific issues being addressed by the groups. READ FULL STORY

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark': Which review is the harshest?

Spider-ManImage Credit: Jacob CohlThugs, mob bosses, criminal masterminds — Spider-Man has bested them all before. But the web-slinging superhero might’ve finally met his ultimate match in the theater critics who are slamming the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, now in previews at the Foxwoods Theatre. The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Variety are among the news outlets that have weighed in on the high-profile production over the past 24 hours, breaking with Broadway tradition by ignoring the show’s official March 15 opening date. Many of the critics noted that Feb. 7 was Spider-Man‘s scheduled debut before the most recent postponement — just the latest bump in the road for the accident-plagued musical, which also happens to be the most expensive in Broadway history. Check out their thoughts after the jump!

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'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' producer blasts critics -- EXCLUSIVE

spider-man-turn-off-darkIn the wake of the critical drubbing endured today by the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, producer Michael Cohl is speaking up in defense of his show — and in contempt of the critics who he says aren’t giving it a fair shot. “Any of the people who review the show and say it has no redeeming value are just not legitimate reviewers, period,” says Cohl, who claims the show’s detractors (The New York Times and The Washington Post both called Spider-Man one of the worst productions in Broadway history) are out of touch. “It’s hard to have people that don’t get pop culture reviewing a pop culture event, isn’t it?” (Cohl isn’t the only Spider-Man insider bashing the critics — the show’s spokesman, Rick Miramontez, released an exclusive statement to EW earlier today about the reviews: “The PILE-ON by the critics was ridiculous and uncalled for. Their actions are unprecedented and UNCOOL.”) READ FULL STORY

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' spokesman reacts to reviews -- EXCLUSIVE

Spider-Man-Turn-Off-the-DarkImage Credit: Jacob CohlNews outlets including The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times broke with Broadway tradition last night by running reviews of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark before its official opening on March 15, prompting a spokesman for the show to publicly speak out against their actions. “The PILE-ON by the critics was ridiculous and uncalled for. Their actions are unprecedented and UNCOOL!” said the show’s spokesman Rick Miramontez in an exclusive statement to EW. Many of the the critics noted that the date of their reviews, Feb. 7, was supposed to have been opening night for the long-delayed, notoriously troubled Spider-Man musical before a third postponement last month pushed the official premiere to March 15.

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'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' actress says 'major changes' are under way -- EXCLUSIVE

spider-man-carpioImage Credit: Jacob Cohl; Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty ImagesTwo days after a new action-packed ending was added to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, actress T.V. Carpio tells EW exclusively that there are still significant changes being made to the musical in preparation for its opening on March 15. Carpio, who took over the role of Arachne after Natalie Mendoza was injured, says that director Julie Taymor is in the process of implementing “major changes in the second act, which will make things more clear and better,” specifically targeting the climactic battle between the arch-villainess Arachne and Peter Parker.

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Glenn Beck passionately reviews Broadway's 'Spider-Man': 'This is better than Wicked!'

Glenn-Beck-SpidermanImage Credit: Fox; Jacob CohlFox News personality Glenn Beck is never shy about serving up his opinion about most topics — that’s for dang sure — but this morning on his radio show, The Glenn Beck Program, he started in very passionately on a topic that we’ve rarely heard him be passionate about before: the theater. Specifically, Broadway’s new musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which has been berdevilled with injuries and other problems during its previews. The somewhat surprising part? Beck absolutely loved the show, which has been largely panned by early reviewers. (Technically, no official reviews of Spider-Man are supposed to appear until the show’s official opening, which has been moved back twice but is currently slated for Feb. 7.) “This is better than Wicked!” Beck said, referencing the much-lauded Broadway show that was an instant success when it debuted in 2003. “This is much better than Wicked.”

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