Updated 03/09/2011 04:05 PM
Sources: "Spider-Man" Director Leaves B'Way Production
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The web surrounding Broadway's controversial "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" musical has become more tangled, as sources tell NY1 that star director Julie Taymor has left the production.
NY1 has also been told that production of the $65 million musical may have to shut down for a short time for possible changes.
"If they want to make some serious changes, they're going to need to shut the show down for a good amount of time," said NY1’s “On Stage” producer Frank DiLella. "That brings up the issue of money. The show is grossing $1.2 million a week."
The show costs about $1 million a week to produce.
The news of Taymor's departure had theater-goers waiting to buy tickets to Wednesday's record-breaking 100th preview performance in a tizzy.
“To have her attached to the show was a big deal. So to have her stepping down is interesting,” said one theater-goer.
Sources say with Taymor out, the producers are considering pushing opening night of “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” back from next Tuesday to sometime in June. That would be no surprise, with the production in turmoil and theater critics still waiting for opening night invitations.
This means the show would not be eligible for any Tony Awards this year.
"It's a shame. All that money wasted," said one New Yorker. "And for U2, with the music."
"I think the amount of money that's been spent on this musical is obscene," said another. "The whole thing is ridiculous. With the number of injuries, it's just nonsense. Money should be spent feeding the homeless, taking care of the city. It's a reflection of our culture and it's an outrage."
At the Foxwoods Theater today, workers from the stage and wardrobe put their best face forward.
“I don't know who's going to replace her. But it won't affect the show,” said one person affiliated with the show. “The show is fantastic. We’re the highest-selling show in the city.”
Certainly, Taymor's own enthusiasm for the show's blockbuster potential was high, even after actor Christopher Tierney fell 30 feet during a performance in December, fracturing his skull.
“We’ve gone through a lot with this show,” said Taymor during an exclusive interview with NY1 in January. “What keeps us going is the passion for the piece. We’re trying to tell a story that’s complex.”
A spokesman for the musical says no shows have been canceled yet.
He added Tuesday night's preview show sold out, although flyers advertising 40-percent off tickets were being handed out to people waiting on line Wednesday at the cut-rate TKTS booth in Times Square.
“Everybody loves a train wreck,” said a theater-goer. “I think that's part of the appeal. It’s kind of why I'm here. I hear it's just a mess!”
Still, the snowball effect of bad publicity even has some saying they may come back to see the show again, especially if there are revisions made.