The new New York Times story on the ongoing Spidey debacle certainly does not paint a rosy picture.
The musical, the most expensive in history and recently the recipient of not only a slew of terrible reviews (Glenn Beck is a big fan) but new safety violations, has been delayed once again. It’s apparently now had more previews than any other show in history.
And now the NYT, who can not get enough of Spidey, reports Bono is taking a “direct role” and Julie Taymor‘s future is uncertain.
The artistic direction ahead for “Spider-Man” — twice as expensive as any show in Broadway history — involves more decisions than just Ms. Taymor’s future, according to these people, who spoke anonymously because the producers have insisted that no information be disclosed about the talks.
The people who spoke about the negotiations said that, throughout Monday, they were not sure if Ms. Taymor would stay or go as director. One person briefed on the negotiations said that Bono, who has been away for much of the show’s preview period, had taken a direct role in the talks.
What is certain, the people said, was that the producers saw the potential for major changes to the musical, which they hope to mount for years in productions around the world, and that Ms. Taymor either needed to accept help in making those changes or face a different outcome, potentially her exit from the show.
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