21 Nov 2012
Photo by Monica Simoes
For the first time since she was let go as director of Broadway's Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Tony winner Julie Taymor discussed on camera her experience with that high-flying musical.
Taymor was interviewed for a segment about the 15th anniversary of Broadway's The Lion King that aired on ABC's "Nightline" Nov. 20.
"You can't blame [the problems of Spider-Man] on me or any single person, because you don't create a musical with one person or two," Taymor told ABC News. The Lion King creator said she disagreed with U2's Bono and The Edge, who had told "Nightline" that she was too close to the project to make the necessary changes.
"It is very hard to create experimental [theatre] -- break ground, try to do something that's never been done when people are going to constantly second-guess it," Taymor added. "But the show that is there is the show that I created over eight years, minus some of the depth."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.