Back in March, the official release outlining the retooling of the massive and plagued Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark touted a new direction and a new director to replace Julie Taymor. And when the revamp finally made it to opening night in June after months of delays and bad press, Taymor was in the audience to take a bow. Apparently, the good will ended there: On Tuesday, the director filed a lawsuit in New York against Spider-Man‘s producers alleging that they haven’t compensated her for the work she did on the most expensive musical ever staged, and that they violated her creative rights. Her lawyer Charles Spada told the Associated Press that the non-payment comes “despite the fact that the show has consistently played to capacity or near-capacity houses since its first public performance in November 2010.” Taymor previously filed a claim that she never received royalties from the production, which last week grossed more than $1.4 million at the box office.
Last week, the Tony Awards committee announced that Taymor was eligible to be nominated in the Best Direction of a Musical category — an unlikely scenario considering all the negativity that’s come out of the $70 million production. On the opening-night Playbill, she carried the credit “Original Direction By” and was listed first among the scriptwriters.
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