Fired 'Spider-Man' Director Shows Up to Premiere

12:13 AM PST 06/15/2011 by THR staff
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Julie Taymor was applauded and embraced during the curtain call at the show's opening night Tuesday.

Julie Taymor may have been ousted as director of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, but she still was well received during the curtain call at the show's opening night Tuesday at New York's Foxwoods Theater.

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The New York Times reported that Taymor -- who was ousted in March after numerous technical glitches, cast injuries and opening-night delays -- walked the red carpet and "looked tan and hale and smiled broadly."

When asked by a reporter, "Do you miss being a part of this?" Taymor replied, "I am a part of this," putting an emphasis on "am."

During the curtain call, Taymor received "wild applause" from the audience and those on stage, the Times reported.

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She embraced the show's musical composers Bono and the Edge and expressed her gratitude to "this cast, this crew, these musicians, and this incredible creative team that I worked with for a long time."

According to the Times, cast members and others involved in the show had encouraged her to attend.

Also in the crowd were former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea, who sat beside old friend Bono.

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Other celebrities in attendance included Andrew Lloyd Webber, Spike Lee, Steve Martin, Liam Neeson and Gina Gershon.

In fact, the show started 50 minutes late because of all the celebrity arrivals, the Times reported.

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