The Great White Way
New York Post theater critic Michael Riedel (whom we usually just refer to as “our fiancé“) is getting his Christmas present early this year: Live Nation has put the Foxwoods Theatre on the auction block. This is despite the fact that the world’s biggest concert promoter (Live Nation Entertainment, the company born from the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster) announced yesterday that it predicted a higher demand for its events in 2013, thanks to a poll showing a potential 37 percent increase in ticket buyers.
Onetime Fox News host and current The Blaze proprietor has a flair for the theatrical–and he’s urging his followers to go see a Broadway show. Following in the footsteps of Rosie O’Donnell, the TV host is mobilizing his fans to support the Great White Way–in this case, the new show A Christmas Story, Read More
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark had a bright idea for how to promote itself on Tony Awards Sunday–given that the show wasn’t nominated for Best Musical and likely won’t get the chance to perform a number on-air. They offered free tickets to any attendee named Anthony, Tony, Antonio, Antoinette, or Toni. Perfect opportunity to get some 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.
The costume designer Eiko Ishioka, most recently known for the costumes in Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, has died at 73. Ms. Ishioka won an Oscar for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and designed the costumes for the 2008 Olympics opening ceremonies in Beijing. The producers of Spider-Man have issued a statement reading in part: “Her Read More
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!
SPIDER MAN: PUT ON THE SLING
Having already received their Taiwanese animated reenactment, it was only a matter of time before the hot mess that is Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark‘s epic screw ups received a larger pop culture callback. Last night, The Simpsons aired their yearly “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween episode, which included a not-at-all-subtle slam on the show’s troubled Broadway production. The producers officially responded this morning, and of course—as is the case with any Broadway producer—are using the wildly insulting lampooning for a press moment.
The Transom went to see Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark last week; the long-gestating musical had undergone a break so that its direction and book could be re-envisioned without original director Julie Taymor. We sat next to a New York Times Arts editor planning a piece on “one of the characters”; he wouldn’t tell us Read More