'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' delayed yet again; director Julie Taymor out

julie-taymor-gi.jpg "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," the longest-running not-actually-opened show in Broadway history, is going through yet another delay -- this time as it replaces one of its major creative forces.

Julie Taymor, the musical's director and co-writer, is leaving the show. "Taymor is out. She's left the building," a source tells the New York Daily News.

Although a spokesman for the show insists that "Turn Off the Dark" is still scheduled to open Tuesday (March 15) as scheduled, both the Daily News and The New York Times say Taymor's departure will likely mean the show goes dark for a couple weeks to rework things. That would be followed by still more previews -- of which there have already been 99, more than any Broadway show ever -- and an official opening sometime in June.

For those of you keeping score, if the shutdown occurs as reported, that would be the sixth postponed opening for "Turn Off the Dark," which has been doing brisk business for its previews despite a round of really bad reviews last month, following what would have been the show's last scheduled opening date.
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