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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

'Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark' Shutdown (temporarily)

This is amazing.

Producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" are planning to temporarily shut down the troubled musical for a major overhaul, but the show will go on without star director Julie Taymor, the Daily News has learned.

Taymor, 58, has walked away from the show she co-wrote and worked relentlessly to bring to Broadway, a source close to the production said Tuesday night.

"Taymor is out. She's left the building," the source told The News.

Producers of the beleaguered $65 million play plan to shut down preview performances for two to three weeks to retool and hold new rehearsals, multiple sources told The News.

"I will say about these producers, they will do whatever it takes. They want a great show," a member of the production staff said Tuesday night. "When others would have given up, they will not."

Plans being worked out Tuesday also call for the show's official opening night at the Foxwoods Theatre, scheduled for Tuesday, to be postponed for three months, according to the sources.
(NY Daily News)

Let's lay out what happened:
A trio of superstars join together with expectations of blowing away the competition and creating the greatest show the world has ever seen.
Everyone else sees disaster coming and immediately conclude that it will be a bumpy ride to success, if they reach it at all. Most preemptively decide that it's a bad idea.
Undeterred, the headstrong trio forges ahead while the public waits in anticipation of its downfall.
When shit finally hits the fan, everyone cannot help but sit back and enjoy its spectacular, and very public, collapse.

It all sounds oddly familiar... Miami Heat, anyone?

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