I hope someone is building an appropriately detailed scorecard for Julie Taymor‘s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, aka the Most Expensive Broadway Production Ever. The show has been delayed, rewritten, gone over budget, and seen far more than the usual share of injuries. Now, the most recent injury, which was endured mid-performance by Christopher Tierney, may be a factor in the departure of Natalie Mendoza, who was also injured during a performance.

Ms. Mendoza played Arachne, the new villainess created for the show by Julie Taymor, and for the last couple weeks has worked through the aftereffects of a concussion caused by an accident in the show’s first preview performance. Her last performance was on December 20, and she will likely be replaced by understudy America Olivo. Perhaps not coincidentally, December 20 was the same day that a line holding Christopher Tierney broke, causing the actor to fall and suffer “a hairline fracture in his skull, a broken scapula, a broken bone close to his elbow, four broken ribs, a bruised lung and three fractured vertebrae.” [NYT]

If you missed it in the week before Christmas, hit the jump to see the great Taiwanese TV recreation of the disasters befalling Broadway’s Spider-Man. Read More »

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‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ Delayed. Again.

The U2/Julie Taymor Spider-Man musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, has been running in preview showings for about two weeks now with generally mixed reactions. Most people who’ve seen the show, which wasn’t set to officially open until January 11, agreed it had some major story problems but was visually stunning. For a musical that cost $65 million, even a small problem is bad news so the New York Times is reporting the opening of the show will now be delayed for the fourth time.

Producers feel pushing the opening back to February will “provide more time for the creators to stage a new final number, make further rewrites to the dialogue and consider adding and cutting scenes and perhaps inserting new music from the composers, U2’s Bono and the Edge, who will resume working full-time on the show in late December.” Read more after the jump. Read More »

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark had its first preview performance on Broadway Sunday night. So how did Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor‘s (Titus, Frida, Across the Universe) $65 million big stage comic adaptation hold up? Find out after the jump.
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You’ve heard of ‘throwing good money after bad,’ and no project seems to better embody that old saying than Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The $60m musical has been pushed, re-cast, re-designed and is finally nearing an opening preview date in advance of a 2011 Broadway run. But if these images are anything to go by, there might have been a point in the production’s turbulent history at which someone should have just said, “you know what? Let’s not go any further.”

So, we’ve seen a few costume designs from Julie Taymor‘s production. And there was at least a small amount of scoffing. Possibly, very possibly, a great deal of scoffing. And, while I’m not actually interested in turning the show into a Broadway-sized punching bag — it has already had enough difficulties — five new images shot by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz make the production look even more insane and disastrous than we’d thought it might be. Read More »

The most expensive Broadway musical in history just swung back a few weeks. Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, featuring music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge and directed by Julie Taymor (Across the Universe), was scheduled to open December 21 but has now been pushed back until January 2011 because of several technical issues due to huge flying stunts and special effects. Besides giving everyone more time to rehearse the elaborate stunts, and get them approved for safety by the state of New York, producers are hoping the delay spawns more interest in advanced ticket sales for the $60 million musical which, as of yet, has only sold about $10 million worth of tickets. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Julie Taymor’s ‘The Tempest’

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Holy AfterEffects! Word out of festivals in the past month wasn’t terribly positive with respect to Julie Taymor’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. And now that the first trailer is here it is easy to make a guess or to as to why. The cast is phenomenal: Helen Mirren leads as Prospera, with Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Reeve Carney, Felicity Jones and Tom Conti. But the footage looks…well, see for yourself. Read More »

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OK, it’s not film news, but this is definitely entertainment. Julie Taymor and her producers have been working for over a year to mount a Spider-Man musical on Broadway. Subtitled Turn Off the Dark, the show features music by Bono and The Edge of U2, and stars Reeve Carney (Peter Parker), Jennifer Damiano (Mary Jane Watson) and Patrick Page (Norman Osborn/Green Goblin).

Reeve Carney and his band showed up on Good Morning America today to talk up the show and perform the first song from the playbook. And Julie Taymor showed off a couple costume designs. They’re…interesting, to say the least. Taymor also promises that the show will feature Carnage and The Sinister Six. In all-singing, all-dancing versions, of course. Read More »

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One of the films that was in danger of being orphaned when Disney shuttered Miramax was Julie Taymor‘s adaptation of the William Shakespeare play The Tempest. But the film, which stars Helen MirrenDavid Strathairn, Djimon Hounsou and more, will be released by Disney offshoot Touchstone Pictures this fall, and will appear at both the Venice and New York Film Festivals.

Now there’s a great poster for the film, which only heightens my interest in seeing Taymor go back to Shakespeare with this cast in tow. Read More »

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