Despite the comedy of errors that is Broadway's Spider-Man musical, ticket sales continue to soar. But will this next news snip Spidey's web once and for all? Rumor has it director Julie Taymor may step down.
First lead actress Natalie Mendoza left the production (fearing for her safety.) Then Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was hired to rewrite the musical's book, and after that Bono and The Edge started re-tinkering with the show's songs. Is the next big change a new director?
The New York Times is speculating that the producers of the show still see a light at the end of the tunnel for the show, but they are aware that the musical needs massive changes, which may have to happen without Taymor.
What is certain, the people said, was that the producers saw the potential for major changes to the musical, which they hope to mount for years in productions around the world, and that Ms. Taymor either needed to accept help in making those changes or face a different outcome, potentially her exit from the show. The names of multiple directors, choreographers and playwrights have been ricocheting around the Broadway community for days now.
Still, we're not sure if a new director could change this show. The sets, costumes and stunts are all so ridiculously Taymor, we don't know how it could be adapted to work better — unless they scrapped half of the show and started from scratch. But is it even necessary? Despite the hatred from the critics, tickets keep on selling.