'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' Spoofed on 'Law & Order: CI' (Video)
Cynthia Nixon plays a character based on Julie Taymor in the USA procedural.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent aired a send-up of troubled Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Sunday night, with Cynthia Nixon playing a character based on ousted director and chief creative force Julie Taymor.
The episode's fake musical was called Icarus and featured a song titled "This Is Hubris." As Vulture notes, the title is a jab at Taymor, whose programs for Spider-Man incuded a section about the "hubris" of the character Arachne. (Watch clips below.)
"You have a potential Spider-Man on your hands here," Det. Detective Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) says at one point. "Embarrassing headline, production delays, an industry joke."
The detectives later address her: "Maybe you didn't want to be another Julie Taymor."
Spider-Man opened last week after months of opening-night delays, technical glitches, cast injuries and scathing reviews.
Taymor, Bill Clinton, Liam Neeson, Spike Lee and Steve Martin were among those who attended opening night.
Taymor recently spoke out about the show, saying of the public scrutiny: "It's incredibly difficult to be under a shot-glass and a microscope like that."