The director of "Spider-Man" on Broadway broke her near silence Thursday on the issues plaguing the production, and even revealed her plans for opening night. NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.
She's the force behind the most expensive Broadway musical ever made, and for the first time since actor Christopher Tierney plummeted nearly 30 feet from a preview performance of "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" in December, Director Julie Taymor broke her silence Thursday in a TV interview.
Taymor began working on the show more than eight years ago and has faced numerous setbacks with the production, including most recently actors being injured, replaced and quitting. She says that she still finds inspiration as an artist to continue with the project daily, thanks to a very supportive cast and creative team.
"What keeps us going is the passion for the piece," Taymor said.
When asked about the criticism she received for being the cause of Tierney's fall, Taymor said it was unfair to cast blame on a single person.
"It's physical theater. Someone said it was action theater," said Taymor. "And it's a terrible thing to happen but I don't think you can point to someone who actually didn't do the thing and say that they're at fault. We all know what we're doing in here and all of the safety issues have been covered -- and that one there was a mistake on -- and hopefully it could never happen again."
Taymor says she talks to Tierney on a regular basis and is crafting something special for the recovering performer.
"He's gonna do something on stage on opening night," Taymor said.
While "Spider-Man" marks Taymor's fourth Broadway show, she's best known for her film to stage transfer of "The Lion King," for which she won a Tony. When asked if she feels under pressure with creating another mega-hit, her response is that you can't compare the properties.
"This is about a living, moving, visual, pop story happening. So we've said it's circus, we've said it's rock n' roll, we've said it's drama" Taymor said.
As for the lengthy preview period, Taymor says this is not unusual.
"We are doing something where...how do we know how long it will take? Our ambition and our bar is high," said Taymor. "The pressure for us is to do something really unique, that suits the material. We're doing 'Spider-Man' after all. You're not going to have a single line like 'Peter Pan' or 'Mary Poppins.' So the pressure, the bar is high to deliver something the audience has a reason to come to the theater for something to see."
While Taymor says that "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" is still a work in progress, she remains optimistic that the show will open on March 15.