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Julie Taymor's Union Enters Arbitrations with the Producers of 'Spider-Man'

Friday, September 30, 2011

Julie Taymor Julie Taymor (Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty)

The union for the former director of the most expensive show on Broadway, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," will head to the bargaining table with the musical's producers on Monday. The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society hopes to recover royalties for Taymor for the full run of the production.

"We’re beginning arbitration on Monday and we’re seeking to recover royalties and compensation due for her work on it and the ongoing use of her services," said Laura Penn, the executive director of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

The producers of "Spider-Man," who have said they are under no obligation to pay royalties, declined to comment on this story.

In March, the show's producers, Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris, announced that Philip William McKinley would take over the day-to-day direction of "Spider-Man" from Taymor, and that she would continue on with the musical in an advisory capacity.

In June, the same month "Spider-Man" finally opened after numerous injuries and delays, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society announced it was suing the show's producers for unpaid royalties, going back to when the show opened in previews in November 2010.

At the New York premiere of the movie "50/50" at the Ziegfield theater on Monday, Taymor said she wasn't bitter about being ousted from "Spider-Man."

“I’m very proud of what I’ve done, and I’m proud of the people inside that show,” she said.

Taymor, who is the Tony Award-winning director of "The Lion King" on Broadway, said the musical hadn't changed much since she left as director.

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Comments [1]

SKV from NYC

Taymor lost all credibility when she said the musical hadn't changed much since she left.

Actors stopped being injured. That's a pretty significant change from the hubris and negligence that had marked the show.

Any "royalties" she might win should go to help all the actors whose significant injuries might cause them health problems in the future.

Sep. 30 2011 05:13 PM

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