In the biggest changes yet to the troubled Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," its producers announced Wednesday that director Julie Taymor will be stepping down from her daily responsibilities with the production. They also postponed its official opening for the sixth time, to an unspecified day "in early summer."
Taking Taymor's place is Philip William McKinley, whose only Broadway credit is the 2003 musical "The Boy From Oz," which starred Hugh Jackman.
"Spider-Man," which began preview performances Nov. 28 at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York, has been plagued by production delays, cast injuries and a spiraling budget that, at $65 million, makes it the most expensive show in Broadway history. When "Spider-Man" continued to extend its preview period, playing to theatergoers who paid up to $135 for a ticket, many critics decided to review it before its opening date. The reviews were scathing.
In a statement, producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris stopped short of saying that Taymor was being dismissed from the show.