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A theatre worker cleans an advertisement for the Spider-Man musical in New York
A theatre worker cleans an advertisement for the Spider-Man musical in New York
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Talks begin over future of Spider-Man director

Controversial Broadway show has had a record 98 previews so far and its opening night has been delayed five times.
Mar 8th 2011, 3:44 PM 1,030 0

ITS OPENING NIGHT has been delayed five times – and now the future of the director of the Broadway version of Spider-Man is in doubt.

Costing $65million so far – making it twice as expensive as any Broadway show in history- Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark is directed by Tony Award-winning Julie Taymor, who also directed The Lion King.

Her co-creators are U2′s Bono and The Edge. She was recruited in 2002 by the men to be the director.

According to sources working on the show, who spoke to the New York Times, Taymor is in talks about the possibility of working with a newly expanded creative team to fix the musical, or possibly leaving the show.

The insiders said that discussions also involved the overhauling of the script and music; the hiring of outside consultants and when to open the show.

Spider-Man has had a record 98 preview performances and its opening night is currently set at March 15, but it is not certain if this will happen.

Critics have panned the previews seen so far and the chief theater critic of The New York Times even wrote that Spider-Man may “rank among the worst” musicals in history.

Bono is believed to have taken a direct role in the talks.

The show has faced three serious workplace safety violations, stemming from four instances last year in which cast members were hurt. In one incident, an actor, Christopher Tierney, sustained broken ribs and a hairline skull fracture, when he fell from a platform on stage.

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