The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Julie Taymor

By Megan Dekic
15 Dec 2013



In 2007 it was reported that Taymor was selected to direct a musical adaptation of Marvel's Spider-Man comics. She collaborated with Glen Berger to write the book for Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, and music was provided by U2's Bono and The Edge. The musical began previews at Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre on Nov. 28, 2010.

Taymor stepped down as director of Spider-Man in March 2011, citing creative differences with the show's producers. Creative consultant Philip William McKinley and book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa were brought in to rework the show.

Following a now-famous lengthy and troubled preview period, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark officially opened June 14, 2011. With 182 previews, it holds the record for the longest preview period of all time.

Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark currently stars Justin Matthew Sargent as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Rebecca Faulkenberry as Mary Jane Watson and Robert Cuccioli as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin. It is scheduled to close on Broadway Jan. 4, 2014.

Read previews and opening-night Playbills for Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark here.