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January 18, 2012
The fight between Julie Taymor and the producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is getting uglier. On Tuesday, producers said they have filed a countersuit in federal court against the director, accusing her of failing to fulfill her contractual obligations on the Broadway musical. The producers said in a release that Taymor refused on a number of occasions to collaborate on changes to the show with other members of the production team. "The show is a success despite Taymor, not because of her," said the claim.
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March 7, 2014 | By David Ng
Theater is a superstitious profession, especially when it comes to failure. On Broadway, the Foxwoods Theatre, which served as home for the troubled musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," will officially be renamed the Lyric for its next tenant -- a revival of the musical "On the Town. "   As one of Broadway's biggest houses, the 1,900-seat Foxwoods has undergone a number of name changes since the venue opened on 42nd Street in New York in 1998. It was first called the Ford Center for the Performing Arts and was later rechristened the Hilton Theatre in 2005.
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NEWS
August 30, 2012 | By Kelly Scott and David Ng
The warring parties in the "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" lawsuits -- one-time director Julie Taymor  and the show's producers -- have reached what appears to be a tentative settlement. Judge Katherine B. Forrest issued an order Thursday reporting that the two parties have reached an agreement in principle, according to a court spokeswoman. The spokeswoman said she could not elaborate on the order. An official spokesman for "Spider-Man" said there was no comment on the matter.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The seemingly cursed Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will reportedly be turning off its lights for good come January. The production -- the most expensive show in Broadway history at a hefty $75 million -- has not been breaking even for weeks now, according to the Wall Street Journal, which reported online Monday that sources close to the production said it will be closing. According to the Broadway League, the show grossed $742,595 last week, against a potential gross of more than $1.5 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By David Ng
Since being fired in 2011 from the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," director Julie Taymor has kept a relatively low public profile, her time presumably occupied by the ongoing lawsuit between her and the show's producers.  Taymor might be considered damaged goods when it comes to Broadway, but her trademark innovative style still has its fans. In her first directing gig since the "Spider-Man" debacle, Taymor will return to her roots by staging a new production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2012 | By David Ng
The legal case pitting director Julie Taymor against the producers of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is underway in a federal court in New York. Though the trial isn't scheduled to begin until early next year, a judge presided over a two-hour preliminary hearing on Friday during which lawyers for both sides spelled out their cases. Taymor was removed from the director's chair of the mega-musical in 2011 following a protracted preview period and a number of technical mishaps.
NEWS
March 22, 1992 | Susan King, TV Times Staff Writer
Julie Taymor, one of the most innovative talents in the world of theater and opera, brings her unique vision to the small screen in the "American Playhouse" production of "Fool's Fire," airing Wednesday on PBS. A recent recipient of the MacArthur Foundation "Genius Award" and winner of the first Dorothy B. Chandler Performing Arts Award in 1990, Taymor conceived and directed the comedy of revenge based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "Hopfrog."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Julie Taymor has directed Hollywood movies, won an Emmy Award for an opera production, and earned two Tonys for "The Lion King," one of Broadway's biggest and most lucrative musicals ever. But her artistic roots lie deep in avant-garde and experimental theater. So when the original director and co-creator of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" spoke Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles before hundreds of theater professionals, the event had the feel of a homecoming, or a reunion of artistic kinfolk.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 1999 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Curiosity about Julie Taymor's film directing debut, "Titus," has been building for months, so when she scheduled her first screening here Sunday, the room was packed. Representatives from nearly all the independent distributors were there, as well as at least one major studio--all eager to see what the director who brought "The Lion King" so vividly to Broadway would do with Shakespeare's most violent play, "Titus Andronicus." The lights dimmed. The footage rolled.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin and David Ng
The seemingly cursed musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will be turning off its lights for good come January -- at least on Broadway. "We are excited to report that the next destination for 'Spider-Man' will be the entertainment capital of the world: Las Vegas," Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the show, said Monday evening.  "Further details will be announced in the weeks to come. " The production -- the most expensive show in Broadway history at a hefty $75 million -- has not been breaking even for weeks now, according to the Wall Street Journal . According to the Broadway League, the show grossed $742,595 last week, against a potential gross of more than $1.5 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2013 | By David Ng
"Song of Spider-Man" is a tell-all memoir about the contentious behind-the-scenes drama that dominated the most expensive show in Broadway history. Written by Glen Berger, who co-wrote the script for the $75-million spectacle, the book provides a juicy insider account of artistic egos run amok. At the stormy center of the book, which goes on sale Tuesday , is Julie Taymor, the gifted stage and screen director who sued her collaborators after she was fired from the musical before it officially opened.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2013 | By David Ng
"The Lion King" on Broadway has passed $1 billion in ticket revenues, making it the first New York show to reach the box-office milestone. The long-running Disney musical, which is based on the animated movie, officially passed the $1-billion mark during the week that ended on Sunday, according to data from the Broadway League. (The box-office figures don't take inflation into account.) The musical, directed by Julie Taymor, opened in New York in 1997 at the New Amsterdam Theatre and is currently running at the Minskoff Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is looking east and west for a new superhero. Reeve Carney, who originated the title role, will depart the production Sept. 15, launching a bicoastal search to find the musical's new star as well as a future Mary Jane, the role currently filled by Rebecca Faulkenberry. In Los Angeles, tryouts will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 at the Hollywood United Methodist Church. In New York, a casting call is set for 10 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Stage 48 & Sky-Lounge. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Carney made his Broadway debut as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and has been with the musical since the show previewed in 2010.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By David Ng
It's a book that will appeal to Broadway fans and Comic-Con habitues alike.  "The Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History" promises to be a juicy tell-all of the backstage politics and backstabbing that went on during the development of the superhero musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. " The book, written by the show's co-scriptwriter Glen Berger, now has a street date of Nov. 5. Berger was brought on board by director Julie Taymor to help write the book for the musical, but the pair eventually had a falling-out, as revealed in court papers filed by Taymor after she was fired from the troubled production.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2013 | By David Ng
Director Julie Taymor has reached a settlement in her epic legal battle with the producers of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. " In a joint statement released Wednesday, the two sides said that the pending litigation between them has been settled by "mutual agreement of all parties. " No terms of the settlement were announced. However, the statement said that Taymor's claims against the musical have been resolved "with respect to both the current New York production and subsequent productions.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2013 | By David Ng
The expected legal settlement between the producers of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" and director Julie Taymor has failed to materialize, leading a federal judge in New York to set a new trial date for the ongoing battle. Judge Katherine B. Forrest has ordered that a trial date be set for May 28 in New York. The order, which is dated Friday, states that the two parties have until May 1 for the discovery process. The news was first reported Tuesday by the New York Times.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By David Ng
Since being fired in 2011 from the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," director Julie Taymor has kept a relatively low public profile, her time presumably occupied by the ongoing lawsuit between her and the show's producers.  Taymor might be considered damaged goods when it comes to Broadway, but her trademark innovative style still has its fans. In her first directing gig since the "Spider-Man" debacle, Taymor will return to her roots by staging a new production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn.
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