Actor injuries, bad reviews, blogger jokes and massive delays …
nothing has managed to stop the drama-plagued Broadway show,
“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” Still, it does seem to have a dark
cloud hanging over it. Seriously, did someone commit the utter theater
sin of exclaiming “Macbeth” in the theater? Someone should really run
around the building three times and spit to break the curse, because now
creator Julie Taymor is suing the producers.
Showbiz411, Taymor has named as the defendants Michael Cohl’s 8 Legged
Productions in her suit. She’s been in arbitration for months trying to
get compensated for the work she did on the show. After 9 years of
working on the show, Taymor has received only $150,000 in compensation
for a show with a a reported $70 million budget.
As you may recall, Taymor was kicked off the show (ouch) last spring
after a series of delays and creative differences. The actors dropping
like flies probably didn’t help. Now it’s going to court.
Taymor’s attorney Charles Spada told the site, “As the lawsuit makes clear, the defendants have violated Ms. Taymor’s
creative rights as an author of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”
Moreover, the producers have failed to compensate Ms. Taymor for their
continued use of her work to date, despite the fact that the show has
consistently played to capacity or near-capacity houses since its first
public performance in November 2010. Ms. Taymor regrets that the
producers’ actions have left her no choice but to resort to legal
recourse to protect her rights. Ms. Taymor continues to support the
talented and hardworking cast and crew, and she remains proud of her
creative work on the production for over seven years, not only as an
author, but as the director, mask designer, and collaborator.”
read the “Spider-Man” stories. You know about all the accidents and
reviews. So … do you think she deserves more money? Most importantly,
would you go see it? Let us know!