Julie Taymor talks ailing 'Spider-Man' musical
Julie Taymor, director and co-writer of the musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," recently addressed the recent problems that have plagued the production, the most expensive in Broadway history.
"Anyone who creates knows - when it's not quite there," the New York Times quoted Taymor as telling about 1,000 people at the TED2011 conference in New York. "Where it hasn't quite become the phoenix or the burnt char. And I am right there.'"
Over the past few months, several actors were injured as a result of botched stunts. One of them, Christopher Tierney, had to undergo back surgery after suffering a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae in a 10 foot fall in December during a performance of the $65 million musical, which was co-created by U2 rockers Bono and the Edge.
Also that month, cast member Natalie Mendoza, who played the villainess Arachne, announced she left the production after suffering a concussion during the musical's first preview show in November.
Amid the turmoil, producers postponed the official opening date of the musical several times. It is now set for March 15, although they are still debating whether to finalize that date.
"I am in the crucible right now," Taymor said. "It is my trial by fire. It's my company's trial by fire. We have survived because our theme song is 'Rise Above.' It's right there in the palm of my hands. In all of my company's hands. I have beautiful collaborators. We as collaborators only get there all together."