Goodbye, Geeks: Spider-Man Will Cut Chorus of Narrators

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When Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark resumes performances May 12, following its April 19-May 11 hiatus, the production will no longer sport its Geek Chorus of narrators, according to The New York Times.

The Chorus was one of the creations of director/co-creator Julie Taymor, who was relieved of her day-to-day directorial duties earlier this month. Tony winner Taymor said in an interview that the geeks were based on the musical's four original creators: Taymor, playwright Glen Berger and composers Bono and the Edge.

The geeks, according to the Times, a "group of comic-book devotees who make up the plot of the musical as it unfolds," were devised to "cover complicated scenery changes. In the current Broadway production, they stand in front of a curtain that hides massive moving set pieces."

The geeks are currently played by Mat Devine, Gideon Glick, Alice Lee and Jonathan Schwartz.

Many of the February reviews of the show found the quartet superfluous.

As previously reported, the upcoming canceled performances will allow "the time necessary to execute" a new creative "plan," which includes revisions to the script, overseen by newcomers to the creative team, including playwright Roberto Aguirre Sacasa (a Marvel comics writer and an acclaimed dramatist) and director Philip William McKinley (The Boy From Oz). New songs by Bono and The Edge will also be added. Choreographer Chase Brock has also joined the creative team. Opening night remains June 14.

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