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I saw the Spider-Man musical — which is the talk of Broadway for all the wrong reasons – and trust me when I say you should do anything you can to see this Broadway spectacular!
Surrounded by technical issues, stuntman injuries and costly delays, the upcoming Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark may have put a bad taste in many people’s mouths. However, after seeing a preview performance Dec. 29, I can tell you the show’s imagination, outside the box thinking and flying Spider-Man fun is a complete joy for anyone spending a night on Broadway!
The thing on everyone’s mind before the show started was stuntman Christopher Tierney’s recent fall, which wasn’t unnoticed by producers of the show, as they came on stage before everything started to let everyone know the progress Christopher was making and his urge to get back on the show when he is at full health. »
- Russ Weakland
Spider-man musical director Julie Taymor has axed plans to discuss the beleaguered Broadway production at a public speaking engagement.
Taymor had agreed to appear at a New York Times event on 8 January to be interviewed by theatre reporter Patrick Healy about Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
But she has now withdrawn from the talk to continue overseeing rehearsals of the stage show.
Her representative explains, "With the changes to the Spider-Man production schedule, Julie will be deep in rehearsals and will not be available to participate."
Refunds are being offered to ticket holders.
Taymor's show has suffered a number of setbacks, including delays and onstage stunt accidents. The musical is due to open in February. »
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Finally, some good news on the “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” front.
Christopher Tierney, the performer who plunged nearly 30-feet during a production of the show earlier this month, has exited the Intensive Care Unit. Tierney suffered a skull fracture, cracked vertebrae and four broken ribs, according to reports.
As was reported, Tuerney hopes to return to the show once he’s physically able.
He won’t find Natalie Mendoza there. The Broadway actress quit the show recently after suffering a concussion. The show’s high-flying stunts have raised safety issues with the cast and crew, though director Julie Taymor has been working behind the scenes to correct »
- Sean O'Connell
A stuntman who was injured in Broadway's troubled Spider-man musical has left hospital to begin treatment at a rehabilitation centre.
Christopher Tierney was forced to spend Christmas under doctors' care after falling from a ledge during a performance of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on 20 December.
Tierney suffered several broken ribs, a fractured elbow, a bruised lung, three fractured vertebrae and a cracked skull, and subsequently underwent back surgery.
But the 31 year old is making good progress in his recovery - he has been transferred from the intensive care unit at New York's Bellevue Hospital to an inpatient rehab facility in the city.
His father, Tim Tierney, reveals the daredevil actor is now able to walk with a brace.
Safety inspectors have given director Julie Taymor the all-clear to proceed with the production despite four cast members sustaining injuries. »
year in review part 5 of several
I thought it would be tasteless to drop this lump of coal on Christmas so I saved it one day. It's naughty, not nice. But before we get to the unsatisfying trends, performances, and movies of the year, some caveats. I didn't see everything and am not, generally speaking, paid to attend terrible movies. Even when I'm doing freelance gigs, nobody has ever said to me "Nathaniel, we'd love for you to write a 3,000 word essay about Yogi Bear." [Editors of the world take note: I would totally do this for money.]
Most Repetitive Actor or Actress Dear Leonardo DiCaprio, you have now done three movies in a row where you're a tortured soul with an emotionally unstable dead wife. This is an even more specific brick-wall niche then when Jodie Foster kept getting trapped in small places or when Julianne Moore kept losing her children (imaginary or otherwise).
DiCaprio's new franchise!
It's time to shake things up. »
- NATHANIEL R
Julie Taymor, director "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," canceled a planned New York Times event where she was to have answered questions about the embattled musical, the newspaper reported. Taymor was to have been interviewed in front of a live audience Jan. 8 for the New York Times Arts & Leisure weekend. But the Times said a representative for Taymor said in an e-mail that “with the changes in the ‘Spider-Man’ production schedule, Julie will be deep in rehearsals and will not be available to participate” in the interview, which was to »
A representative for the troubled Spider-man Broadway musical has lashed out at theatre critics who have reviewed the show weeks ahead of its official opening and written scathing reports.
Julie Taymor's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has suffered a number of setbacks since preview performances began in November - a series of onset accidents and further safety inspections forced producers to push back the official launch date until 7 February.
And the critics aren't helping the show, which is playing to sell-out houses, despite the problems.
While it's common practice on Broadway is to invite reviewers to one of several “critic’s previews” right before opening and embargo the write-ups until after opening night, heightened interest in the $65 million (GBP43.3 million) production has prompted some critics to file intermin reports.
And show bosses are seething after Jeremy Gerard of Bloomberg News and Linda Winer of Newsday published their takes on the show earlier this week (begs27Dec10), more than five weeks before the creative team deems the show suitable for an official opening.
Bloomberg's Gerard, while praising the sets, lighting and choreography, came down hard on producers, calling the show “an unfocused hodge-podge of story-telling, myth-making and spectacle that comes up short in every department."
Meanwhile, Winer dubbed the show's flying effects “exciting and scary, in a circus way,” adding that director Taymor was “said to be making much-needed changes to the meandering book, especially in the weak second act.”
And show spokesperson Rick Miramontez has been left doing damage control.
He tells the Hollywood Reporter, "For a major critic to review a Broadway musical, or play for that matter, after only the twentieth preview, is disappointing and uncalled for.
“Whatever reason the critic or their editor may have, it does not mask the fact that for decades, musicals have developed in front of paying audiences before critics are Invited. While we are certainly not naive about the media scrutiny attached to this production, as we have been accommodating throughout, this unprecedented new development is troubling, to say the least." »
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark painmaster Julie Taymor was set for an interview appearance at a New York Times Arts & Leisure weekend next month, but her PR just released the following regret: "With the changes in the 'Spider-Man' production schedule, Julie will be deep in rehearsals and will not be available to participate." The seclusion begins? She should've tried this technique when Across the Universe garnered that Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture. So silly! [Nyt] »
This article may be apocryphal considering that the most expensive Broadway production is still in previews, and its start date has been held up by a litany of horrendous accidents, injuries, and plot elements that would make Scooby-Doo go “Aroo?”
As a die-hard comic book geek and as someone who loves a Costco-sized serving of schadenfreude, I have been following news about Julie Taymor’s musical fiasco, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. I’m sure I’m not the only one who upon reading report after report of injury or “Wtf” reviews would come to the conclusion “How the Hell can this continue?
In the event that it does continue, here’s a list of things that must happen altogether for me to see Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark:
Julie Taymor, Bono, & The Edge must issue a formal apology for the accidents, the ridiculous plot elements, uninspired songs, and a »
- Wayne D. Chang
As the troubles continue for the Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the play's director Julie Taymor has canceled a public speaking engagement where she would have been interviewed about the play.
Taymor withdrew from a New York Times event on Jan. 8, according to the newspaper. She was to be interviewed by Patrick Healy, the Times reporter who covers theater.
A press representative for Taymor explained that "with the changes to the Spider-Man production schedule, Julie will be deep in rehearsals and will not be available to participate."
Ticketholders for the cancelled event are being offered a full refund. »
"Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" actress Natalie Mendoza is walking away from the beleaguered production following an injury she suffered during a preview performance in November.
The New York Times cites two unnamed insiders who work on the show in reporting the news about Mendoza's departure, saying that the actress' representatives and producers of the "Spider-Man" musical have been working out an exit agreement for the past several days.
Representatives for the show and for the actress have declined comment on the issue, but an official announcement is expected shortly.
Mendoza is the third of four actors to suffer an injury due to work on "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark," and arguably the most vital to the production. The actress stars in the musical as Arachne, a spider villainess who plays a major role in Peter Parker's ascension to superhero status and becomes obsessed with Spider-Man as a result. The character, »
- Josh Wigler
Here's a look back at Back Stage's top 10 memories:10. Undead DAYTIMEBack in 2009—when the daytime-drama format looked to be going the way of the wild polar bear—American Federation of Television and Radio Artists New York local president Holter Graham sounded a mournful note about the format's future. "The writing was on the wall about daytime and that it was a changing market a long time ago," Graham said. "The economic crisis given to us by the Bush administration sped up that process and made that writing on the wall bright yellow highlighter."That highlighter ink didn't wash away in 2010, but it faded a little. In 2009, CBS announced that its long-running soaps "Guiding Light" and "As the World Turns" would come to an end. This year no such similar announcement came, the networks instead making multiyear commitments to dramas such as "The Young and the Restless" and "Days of Our Lives. »
Julie Taymor's Broadway golden touch is well and truly gone. With it's massively ballooning budget, string of delays and multiple injuries to cast, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is now well and truly a debacle. When the news that one of your cast is still able to walk following back surgery is considered a positive ... well, you know.
And now the production is suffering another loss with word that actress Natalie Mendoza is walking. Permanently. After one of the first on-set accidents left her with a concussion - Mendoza was struck in the head by rigging holding equipment - she attempted to return only to be plagued by ongoing headaches and nausea, the principle symptoms of post-concussion syndrome. And now she's exiting the production for good, leaving the production down one actress to fill the role of principal villain Arachne.
The amazing thing to me here is that she's the first to go. »
I hope someone is building an appropriately detailed scorecard for Julie Taymor's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, aka the Most Expensive Broadway Production Ever. The show has been delayed, rewritten, gone over budget, and seen far more than the usual share of injuries. Now, the most recent injury, which was endured mid-performance by Christopher Tierney, may be a factor in the departure of Natalie Mendoza, who was also injured during a performance. Ms. Mendoza played Arachne, the new villainess created for the show by Julie Taymor, and for the last couple weeks has worked through the aftereffects of a concussion caused by an accident in the show's first preview performance. Her last performance was on December 20, and she will likely be replaced by understudy America Olivo. Perhaps not coincidentally, December 20 was the same day that a line holding Christopher Tierney broke, causing the actor to fall and suffer "a hairline fracture in his skull, »
- Russ Fischer
Natalie Mendoza is to leave Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, it has been reported. According to The New York Times, representatives of the lead actress are in negotiations with the show's lawyers and producers to work out an exit agreement. Mendoza portrayed the villain Arachne in the $$65 million (£42.3m) production, an original creation of helmer Julie Taymor. The actress - who previously suffered a concussion on set - has not performed since fellow cast member Christopher Tierney was seriously (more) »
- By Mark Langshaw
This past weekend theater insiders were surprised when two critics, Jeremy Gerard of Bloomberg News and Linda Winer of Newsday, crossed an unspoken line and published their takes on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, more than five weeks before opening night on February 7th.
The result has not pleased representatives for the troubled production.
"For a major critic to review a Broadway musical, or play for that matter, after only the twentieth preview, is disappointing and uncalled for,” Spider-Man’s spokesperson, press agent Rick Miramontez wrote.
“Whatever reason the critic or their editor may have, it does not mask the fact that for decades, musicals have developed in front of paying audiences before critics are Invited," he added. "While we are certainly not naive about the media scrutiny attached to this production, as we have been accommodating throughout, this unprecedented new development is troubling, to say the least."
Plus, vote now: Does all the controversy surrounding the Spider-Man musical make you want to see it more, or less?
Another one bites the dust! Natalie Mendoza, the actress who suffered a concussion during a November preview performance of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, has decided to bow out of the troubled musical, sources tell The New York Times. Her understudy, America Olivo, is expected to assume the vacant role.
Natalie’s character Arcachne, a villainess created specifically for the show by director Julie Taymor, sings five songs and reportedly plays a major role in Peter Parker’s transformation into Spider-Man.
Natalie’s final performance was Dec. 20.
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And for once it wasn't due to injury! Natalie Mendoza -- who plays the villainous Arachne in the Julie Taymor musical -- is leaving Turn Off the Dark, two people who work on the show told New York Times. You'll recall that Mendoza suffered a concussion during the first performance of Turn Off the Dark last month, and that she was very vocal following the injury to actor Christopher Tierney. "Please pray with me for my friend Chris, my superhero who quietly inspires me everyday with his spirit," she wrote on Twitter after Tierney fell during the Dec. 20 performance. "A light in my heart went dim tonight." Mendoza hasn't appeared on stage since that incident. [Nyt/ArtsBeat] »
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has hit another snag: Natalie Mendoza, one of the lead actresses who suffered a concussion last month during the production's first preview performance, is leaving.
Though no official statement has been released, two people who work on the show told The New York Times that Mendoza's representatives and 'Spider-Man' producers have been working out an exit agreement for days. The sources requested anonymity since lawyers continue to fine-tune the details and have forbidden anyone attached to the musical to speak publicly.
Mendoza, who played Arachne (the spider villainess created by Julie Taymor for the musical), suffered a concussion on November 28 after being hit in the head by a rope holding some equipment. Though she returned three days later, she took another two weeks off after having nausea and a headache following her performance that consisted of flying sequences where she was spun upside-down.
Though Mendoza, »
The Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" continued its preview run over the holiday weekend after canceling performances last week after a stuntman fell 20 feet, sustaining serious injuries.
Stuntman and aerialist Christopher Tierney fell during a show last Monday at the Foxwoods Theater in Times Square, after a safety tether to his harness malfunctioned. The actor required surgery Wednesday to repair three fractured vertebrae. He also suffered a hairline fracture in his skull, a broken scapula, »
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