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'Spider-Man' musical to close on Broadway, producers confirm

'Spider-Man' musical to close on Broadway, producers confirm

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The stage musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will end its three-year run on Broadway in January, then head to Las Vegas, producers announced Tuesday.
Alice Cooper is in talks to join 'Spider-Man' Broadway musical

Alice Cooper is in talks to join 'Spider-Man' Broadway musical

NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Rocker Alice Cooper is in talks to play the Green Goblin in the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," the New York Post reported.
Justin Matthew Sargent to star in 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark'

Justin Matthew Sargent to star in 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark'

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Justin Matthew Sargent is to begin playing Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Broadway musical "Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark" Monday night, producers said.
'Spider-Man' musical lawsuit settled in New York

'Spider-Man' musical lawsuit settled in New York

NEW YORK, April 10 (UPI) -- Julie Taymor, Glen Berger and the producer of Broadway's "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark" said Wednesday their lawsuit has been settled.
'Lion King' is highest-grossing show on B'way

'Lion King' is highest-grossing show on B'way

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- "The Lion King" has surpassed "Phantom of the Opera" as the highest-grossing show on Broadway, it was announced Monday.
He said/she said in 'Spider-Man' suit

He said/she said in 'Spider-Man' suit

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- Director Julie Taymor says she was the victim of a conspiracy to unfairly force her out of the Broadway production, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."

'Spider-Man' director chides U2 in lawsuit

NEW YORK, March 3 (UPI) -- The former director of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" says Bono and The Edge left the production hanging while they toured with U2.
Settlement reached over 'Spider-Man' show

Settlement reached over 'Spider-Man' show

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- The producers of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" say they have reached a settlement with former director Julie Taymor.
'Spider-Man' producers counter-sue Taymor

'Spider-Man' producers counter-sue Taymor

NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Producers of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" filed a counter-suit Tuesday against the show's former director and co-writer Julie Taymor.
Clinton, Jay-Z attend 'Spider-Man' opening

Clinton, Jay-Z attend 'Spider-Man' opening

NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- Bill Clinton, Matt Damon, Jay-Z and Robert De Niro attended the Broadway opening of the much talked about musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."
'Spider-Man' musical to temporarily close

'Spider-Man' musical to temporarily close

NEW YORK, April 15 (UPI) -- The troubled Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is to begin its three-week hiatus after this weekend's performances.
Taymor replaced as 'Spider-Man' director

Taymor replaced as 'Spider-Man' director

NEW YORK, March 10 (UPI) -- Julie Taymor has been replaced as co-author and director of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," the troubled musical's producers said.
Report: 'Spider-Man' opening delayed again

Report: 'Spider-Man' opening delayed again

NEW YORK, March 9 (UPI) -- Producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" are again delaying the official opening for the Broadway musical, this time for about three months.
Taymor's 'Spider-Man' role up in the air

Taymor's 'Spider-Man' role up in the air

NEW YORK, March 8 (UPI) -- The producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," have told director Julie Taymor she may have to leave the Broadway show if she doesn't accept help fixing it.
'Spider-Man' slapped with safety citations

'Spider-Man' slapped with safety citations

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- The producers of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" were slapped with three safety violation citations Friday, The Hollywood Reporter said.
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Julie Taymor
NYP98060803 - 8 JUNE 1998 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: 1998 Tony Award winner Julie Taymor became the first woman in the 52 year history of the awards ceremonies to win for "Direction of a Musical" (The Lion King). Ms. Taymor also won for her work on the shows costumes at the 52nd annual Tony Awards ceremonies held June 7th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. UPI ep/Ezio Petersen
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Julie Taymor (born December 15, 1952) is an American director of theater, opera and film. Taymor's work has received many accolades from critics, and she has earned two Tony Awards out of four nominations, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design, an Emmy Award and an Academy Award nomination for Original Song. She is widely known for directing the stage musical, The Lion King, for which she became the first woman to win the Tony Award for directing a musical, in addition to a Tony Award for Original Costume Design. She had been the director of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark before leaving in March 2011, after four months of previews (the longest preview period for any show in Broadway history), following artistic differences with the producers.

Taymor was born in Newton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Elizabeth (née Bernstein), a political science teacher, and Melvin Lester Taymor, a gynecologist, both of Jewish descent. Taymor's interest in theatre took root early in her life. At the age of seven, she was already drawing her sister into stagings of children's stories for her parents. By age nine, she was entranced by the Boston Children's Theatre and became involved with them. In high school, she became interested in international travel, and made trips to both Sri Lanka and India with the Experiment in International Living. Being the youngest member of theatre groups became common, as she joined Julie Portman's Theatre Workshop of Boston at the age of 15. Yearning for a more in-depth approach, Taymor went to Paris to study with L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. During her studies there, she became exposed to mime which helped in the development of her physical sensibilities.

Although in 1970 Taymor was enrolled in Oberlin College in Ohio, she sought experience with Joseph Chaikin's Open Theatre and other companies and studied through correspondence. Hearing that director Herbert Blau would be moving to Oberlin, she returned there and auditioned successfully, becoming, once again, the youngest member of a troupe. In 1973, Taymor attended a summer program of the American Society for Eastern Arts in Seattle. The instructors were performers of Indonesian topeng masked dance-drama and wayang kulit shadow puppetry. This would prove to have a great effect on Taymor in later years. Taymor graduated from Oberlin College with a major in mythology and folklore and Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1974.

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