Julie Taymor, the director of the Broadway musical 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark', has admitted that the production is 'not quite there'.
Julie Taymor, the acclaimed American theatre director, has spoken of her struggle with 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark', insisting that the multi-million dollar production is still not ready, reports the New York Times.The musical has endured countless setbacks in recent months, with a number of serious injuries to cast being reported as well as a host of negative reviews. Addressing a live audience at the Ted2011 conference this week, Taymor reacted to the criticism, saying, "Anyone who creates knows, when it's not quite there. Where it hasn't quite become the phoenix or the burnt char. And I am right there". Taymor and her co-creators Bono and The Edge must now decide whether to open the musical as scheduled on 15th March 2011 or delay the production for a sixth time. The U2 frontman attended Tuesday night's preview performance (1st March 2011) and is likely to offer his opinion later this week. Taymor used her childhood trip to Indonesia as a metaphor for her journey with the 'Spider-Man' musical, saying, "It's very easy to climb up, is it not? I am on the precipice looking down into a dead volcano on my left, on the right it is sheer shale. I am in thongs and sarong and no hiking boots. I realize I can't go back the way I have come".
Julie Taymor won a Tony Award in 1997 for her work on the blockbuster musical 'The Lion King'. 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' is already the most expensive project in Broadway history, costing an estimated $65 million.