The Eight-Day Week
We’re feeling sociable tonight—after a week spent indulging our cinematic urges, it’s time to leave the theater and blink our way through the glint of sequined gowns. We’ll start at the God’s Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards Celebration, where Michael Kors and Glee creator Ryan Murphy are to pick up awards for their philanthropy. Read More
Recently, the public got its hands on the 35-page complaint that Julie Taymor and her company LOH Inc. filed in response to the countersuit launched by the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
To catch up: Ms. Taymor sued the producers of the show for using her material after firing her, won a ton of money, but is still suing them for more money. The defendants in the case — 8 Legged Productions, LLC, Hello Entertainment LLC, Goodbye Entertainment LLC, Michael Cohl, Glen Berger, Jeremiah Harris, and Savior Productions LLC — include the producers who recently launched the countersuit, claiming that Ms. Taymor’s detrimental influence on the production hurt the show and cost them money. Also, her co-author for the book, Glen Berger. Back and forth, forever and ever.
While we’re waiting for this mess to get untangled (spider web pun!) in court, Ms. Taymor’s complaint contains enough juicy dirt on show creator Bono and his cohorts to keep us entertained for the rest of the week. Here are the 10 most soap opera moments from the document, so you don’t have to slog through the paperwork yourself.
There’s one less lawsuit plaguing the cast of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark today, as the theater-director union decided yesterday to settle claims in favor of Julie Taymor to continue receiving royalties for the production, despite the fact that she was booted out of her director’s chair back in March. The New York Post reports that this decision could lead to $10k a week for the rest of Spidey’s run.
Though the production has been accident free since its official premiere at the Foxwood Theatre in June, there’s still more blood to be spilled over Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. On November 8th, Julie Taymor, the ousted director of the play (along with her production company, LOH, Inc.) filed suit against the producers of the once-cursed production, saying that they had violated her creative rights and haven’t compensated her for her work on the play.
The lead producers–who are listed in the Playbill item about the lawsuit–disagreed, and filed their own counter-suit in response to Ms. Taymor.
This weekend, Broadway’s most expensive show* celebrated it’s first birthday by finally . That’s right, somehow Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark defied all the bookie odds and managed to stay in previews (and a brief hiatus) for 7 months before opening in June. Now it’s “officially” been at the Foxwoods Theatre for one year. Happy birthday Spidey!
Turn Off The Dark
So we just saw Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Paid $79 a ticket, mezzanine seats. It was, how to say this? Breathtakingly bad.
That said, you didn’t force us to see it. You haven’t even opened the thing yet. You’re in beta still, busily untangling the crossed wires and retooling the show for Read More
Turn Off The Dark
Will Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark ever actually open? Will it ever emerge from preview purgatory and unleash its acrobatic feats of web-slinging and derring-do upon devoted lovers of theater and spectacle? Will the endless delays ever beget a premiere?
Perhaps not! Today the producers of the most expensive show in Broadway Read More
The Scottish Play
With each new injury, poor review, or pushed-back premiere date, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark‘s once-massive hype edges closer toward notoriety. With the injury count at three, the stars of other Broadway shows have called for its cancellation. And when actress Natalie Mendoza vacated the role of lead villianess Arachne — an unruly rope Read More
Last night another performer suffered an injury during the much-anticipated, long-delayed musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the show’s fourth victim since starting previews. Yet again, a web-slinging stunt man slipped out of the harness and fell to the wooden stage. The performance stopped, the directors called ambulances, and the attendees shuffled Read More
The Brave One may have made the most money in Manhattan over the quiet weekend, but Eastern Promises and the musical Across the Universe made the most noise.
David Cronenberg’s follow-up to last year’s critical darling A History of Violence (#5) made $81,000 dollars on one screen, and Julie Taymor’s (Frida) troubled production Across Read More