Though all the injuries and delays finally gave way to a Broadway smash, a lingering lawsuit from the former Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark director has hung over the play like a gooey ball of webbing—but not anymore.
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is raking in the dough on Broadway these days, but things didn't always look so rosy for the show. Director Julie Taymor's time on the musical was plagued by injuries, bad previews and story problems—and that didn't even include the insane ending she originally wrote for Turn Off the Dark that never made it to the stage.
Director Julie Taymor left the massive Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark back in March, but she's still tussling with the show's producers in court. After filing a claim for royalties from the show earlier this year, Taymor has now filed a lawsuit accusing the production of violating her creative rights by continuing to use her work on the show without paying for it.
Last night, Conan O'Brien gave his audience a rare treat: a live performance of a pivotal scene from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Broadway's most expensive musical ever. Well ... it was "rare," at any rate.
Some shows have no luck. After stuntman/actor Christopher Tierney plunged about 20 feet into the theater's orchestra pit (he's getting better btw) and former star Natalie Mendoza was struck in the head while she was waiting in the wings — as well as the many, MANY production set backs — the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical is getting. . . delayed again!
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark may have turned into a joke, but another Marvel Comics Broadway musical could have been a lot worse. Because back in the '80s, Captain America was almost translated for the stage, and the villain he was supposed to face was ... his own mid-life crisis!
George Takei would like you to know that HE'S the man to save Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. And one of the main reasons he could rescue the troubled Broadway production? He says he'll be able to deliver the whole ... ahem ... package.
Fans of both Spidey and musical theater will have to wait until Nov. 28th to see Julie Taymor's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway, but you can get a peek of the show right here. And, boy, are they an eyeful.
If you've been following the news, you know that the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Broadway musical has been plagued with pre-production woes, from technical issues to injuries. Saturday Night Live even put their own spin on it with a mock interview.
While Julie Taymor isn't going to come out and explicitly admit her $65 million Spider-Man musical is a disaster (as we've been telling you, performers have been injured and botched stunts have held up the first shows by hours), now that all the catastrophes have been reported, Taymor says they've worked out the kinks and everything's okay.