'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark': Julie Taymor to Attend Tuesday's Opening
Julie Taymor, the ousted director of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, will attend Tuesday's opening night performance of the musical.
Taymor's spokesperson told the New York Times, "She is so proud of the cast, crew, musicians and creatives with whom she worked on this amazing project for so many years, and she looks forward to sharing in tonight’s celebration."
Bono, who composed music for the show along with U2 guitarist the Edge, was among the people who asked Taymor to attend. Several cast members reached out to their former director as well; star Reeve Carney told the Times, "Julie deserves to be at our opening as much as anyone."
Taymor was relieved of her directing duties in March so that a new creative team could revamp the $65 million production before its official opening. The production had received a poor reception in previews and was plagued with injuries, including a 30-foot fall for stunt actor Christopher Tierney that resulted in a fractured vertebrae and skull. Changes included script revisions and new staging.
Taymor is also in the midst of an arbitration claim against the musical's producers for $300,000 in unpaid royalties. She is best known on Broadway for directing The Lion King, and has also helmed films like Titus, Frida, Across the Universe and 2010's The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren.
Spider-Man's debut had been delayed six times prior to Tuesday's performance.