Spider-Man Musical Delayed Again, Director Julie Taymor Couldn’t Be Happier

Spider-Man Musical Delayed Again, Director Julie Taymor Couldn’t Be Happier

The world’s most expense musical of all-time, the $65 million Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark has been postponed… again!

Instead of opening on Jan. 11, your friendly neighborhood Spider-bomb will open on Feb. 7.

“We’re happy about it,” Julie Taymor told the great Roger Friedman.

JT is putting on quite a brace face as her career dangles by a web.

The cause for the delay?

According to Taymor, with the holidays and cast absences there was only “17 hours left to work until January 11th. It wasn’t enough time.”

Wasn’t enough time? Then why did you set the opening date as Jan. 11 in the first place? I’ll tell you why, because you underestimated your musical’s awfulness.

Folks, they are in full panic mode at the Foxwoods Theatre.

One of the things Taymor has installed is a “part of a new ending.”

So let me get this straight, you’ve already spent $65 million on a Broadway show and you don’t have a finale? Where was all that money spent? Stationary? T-shirts? Sunglasses for Bono?

The average Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark ticket is selling for $97.11. Despite all the setbacks, the show is still one of the hottest Broadway tickets.

Also hampering the show is Natalie Mendoza’s (Arachne) concussion—she was concussed during an aerial stunt. In other words, this musical is so bad it’s hurting people.

To recap, the “web-singer” was setback, in large part because an actor suffered a concussion during rehearsal. You can bet your bottom dollar that that never happened to Sondheim (sorry for mixing my Broadway metaphors).

“Every day we make changes, and you can see some of them now. But changes in our show often involve computers, programming. It’s not like here’s a new line, say this tonight,” slants Taymor.

Once all the flying stunts get figured out, and that should be very soon, Taymor will start working on improving the book. Improving the book? The musical’s been in development for years, what in the hell has she been doing with book? Using it to level her desk? The book should be the last thing that needs help; it doesn’t cost anything to work on and can be done anywhere you can use a laptop.

Now get this, when U2 is done touring, Bono and The Edge will drop in to see if new songs need to be composed. However, no old U2 songs will be used.

“It’s all new,” claims Taymor. “This isn’t an adaptation of a movie, like most musicals these days. This is all totally original, from scratch. “

This musical needs to be scratch.

So Bono and Edge, who are on the other side of the world, might add new songs to this fiasco? This shin-dig opens in less than two months, they better hurry up or the actors will have to use cue cards on opening night.

Apparently Taymor doesn’t understand why everyone is so obsessed with her musical’s $65 million price tag. She says no one cares when a $150 million movie flops; if her show was a $65 million dollar movie it would be considered low budget.

True, but this isn’t a movie, it’s a Broadway musical. Besides, a movie can make money selling these things called DVDs. If you can’t sell Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark tickets you’re show is over, the investment is lost.

Despite all this, Spider-Man is still one of the hot Broadway tickets. The musical, even in previews, is raking in the dough—over $1 million a week. But why do I feel like people are buying Spider-Man tickets not because they want to see a great musical, but because they want to see a $65 million train wreck.

This article is indebted to “Spider Man on Broadway Creator Julie Taymor Speaks” by Roger Friedman.


On Dec. 20, an actor fell twenty fell feet and into the orchestra pit after his harness broke. The show was stopped and producers came out on stage to announce that the rest of the performance had been canceled. The actor, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital but is apparently doing fine.

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