If you’ve been following Broadway news at all for the past few years, chances are you’ve heard of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. The technically advanced show with tons of tricky stunts, such as combat scenes (in the AIR), gained premature notoriety due to the show’s extravagance (both financially and theatrically).
Readings for the show began in 2007, but only due to the numerous budget overhauls. Now the show has been open since June 2011, and despite the critic’s poor reception of the show, the hype surrounding the show (including five injured cast members) was just too much to lead to a poor box office performance.
Obviously, the team behind Spider-Man wanted to take their backstage turmoil and turn it into something good (at least something profitable) – making lemonade out of lemons, if you will. They will be turning the footage that was going to be used for the show’s promotional video into a backstage documentary – clearly the footage they had backstage hoopla behind Spider Man was just too much for a single promotional video.
Of course, in typical Spider-Man style, the production of this documentary won’t come without drama of its own. The show’s original director, Julie Taymor, doesn’t want any footage of her working on the show to be included in the documentary. Taymor feels so strongly about this that’s she’s filing a lawsuit against the producers. This could prove to be a bit of a problem for the producers. After all, the director plays an integral role in rehearsals and cutting out the footage of her will be a substantial amount of material – a frazzled director is documentary gold.
– Diana Pearl