Julie Taymor to Stay at the Helm of 'Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark'

10:41 AM PST 02/20/2011 by Annie Yuan
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"There is no truth to the rumor of a co-director," the show’s producers say, denying a published report on the troubled production.

Producers of the problem-ridden Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark have no intentions of hiring a co-director, contrary to a report from the New York Post.

"There is no truth to the rumor of a co-director," Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the production, said in a statement shortly after the story appeared online Sunday. "The production has not brought anyone on and the original creative team remains firmly in place, with Julie Taymor at the helm." 
 
The Post originally reported that the show's creators were losing faith in director Taymor and considering bringing on a co-director to get the beleaguered $65 million production back on track. The Post's sources added that The Boy From Oz director Phil McKinley was in discussions to join the show.
 
The stunt-heavy Spider-Man rock musical has been plagued by controversy since the start. Production was delayed several times due to funding problems, and four injuries during rehearsals and previews, one of which forced actress Natalie Mendoza to drop out of the show, resulted in two safety violations from the New York State Department of Labor.
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