‘Spider-Man’ musical director Taymor to be replaced by McKinley

March 11th, 2011 - 2:19 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, Mar 11 (ANI): Problem-plagued musical ‘Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark’ will now be directed by Philip William McKinley after the show’s director, Julie Taymor, quit.

Lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris announced that McKinley, who directed musical ‘The Boy from Oz’ starring Hugh Jackman, will be taking over as the new director.

“Phil is hugely experienced with productions of this scale and is exactly what ‘Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark’ needs right now,” the New York Daily News quoted them as saying in a joint statement.

The creative team shake-up came a day after it was reported that Taymor was giving up control of the show she co-wrote and worked for years to bring to Broadway.

The producers have, however, insisted Taymor has not been banished from the production, but her role will be greatly diminished.

“Julie’s previous commitments mean that past March 15, she cannot work the 24/7 necessary to make the changes in the production in order to be ready for our opening,” Cohl and Harris said.

“We cannot exaggerate how technically difficult it is to make such changes to a show of this complexity, so it’s with great pride that we announce that Phil McKinley is joining the creative team,” they both stated.

They also confirmed the show’s scheduled opening night will be pushed back from Tuesday to early summer, the sixth time it’s been delayed.

The producers also said playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who has written ‘Spider-Man’ comic books, has been hired to help rewrite the book. (ANI)

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