It’s official. Producers have announced that a new creative team is being brought in to overhaul the troubled Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Philip William McKinley (The Boy from Oz) and bookwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Based on a Totally True Story) will begin a major reworking of the show, delaying the show’s opening until the Summer—and after Tony eligibility for this season. There is one wrinkle in the press release from producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris; it doesn’t define director Julie Taymor’s position in the new team, leaving some headlines to shout that she’s out and other articles to suggest that she is still in. Read this excerpt from the statement by Cohl and Harris (perhaps noting that magical, mythical space between the lines) and decide for yourself:
Julie Taymor is not leaving the creative team. Her vision has been at the heart of this production since its inception and will continue to be so. Julie’s previous commitments mean that past March 15th, she cannot work the 24/7 necessary to make the changes in the production in order to be ready for our opening. We cannot exaggerate how technically difficult it is to make such changes to a show of this complexity, so it’s with great pride that we announce that Phil McKinley is joining the creative team. Phil is hugely experienced with productions of this scale and is exactly what SPIDER-MAN Turn off the Dark needs right now.