Julie Taymor Comments on Spider-Man Experience

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At a June 18 meeting of the Theatre Communications Group in Los Angeles, Julie Taymor, the Tony-winning, ousted director of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, spoke a bit about her experiences with that much-in-the-news musical, which officially opened last week after over 180 previews.

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At the conference, which was attended by nearly 1,000 theatre leaders, Taymor said that she was opposed to the focus groups that the producers of Spider-Man had utilized while reworking the show.

Taymor, according to the New York Times, explained, "It's very scary if people are going more towards that, to have audiences tell you how to make a show. Shakespeare would have been appalled. Forget about it. It would be impossible to have these works come out because there's always something that people don’t like."

The Lion King director also spoke about the difficulty of creating new work in a world that is now filled with almost instantaneous commentary on various social media outlets. "Twitter and Facebook and blogging just trump you....It’s very hard to create. It’s incredibly difficult to be under a shot glass and a microscope like that."

Taymor also said, "When you’re trying to create new work, and you’re trying to break new ground and experiment, which seems an incredibly crazy thing to do in a Broadway environment, the immediate answers that audiences give are never going to be good...It’s just in the nature of things that when you’re doing something very new, audiences don’t know how necessarily to talk about it immediately. Which in my world, and in your world, is a good thing. You want people to absorb, they should be entertained, they should have a great time, but they should also be stimulated enough that when they go home or talk to their kids, they are actually digesting, thinking, talking about it."

When commenting about the current version of Spider-Man, which is currently on display at the Foxwoods Theatre, Taymor said, "The production today has become much simpler."

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