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Julie Taymor Reportedly Out Of SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK; Show To Undergo Major Overhaul

Published at: March 9, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST by Nordling

Nordling here.

This sucks, but it wasn't unexpected.  The Gothamist is reporting that various sources have told them that Julie Taymor is no longer involved with the production of SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK.  Furthermore, to make way for the new creative team and script, the show will shut down for a few weeks in April.    According to the article, Christopher Astley (MEMPHIS) will take over the beleaguered production.  The opening night of the show has been postponed until June.

I have no idea what version of the show will be playing until then.  At this point there are probably changes from show to show, and I'd imagine that every night would be different.  One of our readers, George Warren, saw the show last night, and in his opinion, "This thing is fixable. Second act is a mess, but the story hits all the Spidey notes.  The production halted just before intermission. Speaker came on and said if the wiring was off by 1/4 inch the whole system shut down. Green Goblin was stuck in mid air and Spidey was waiting in the balcony for the big air fight. The crowd went crazy – in a good way. It was part of the experience and the actors made it fun.  Hope they can find the time/$$ to make this happen."

I wonder how long Gobby hung up there.  If nothing else, that's why I want to see this show so badly - if every night something crazy happens, that alone makes it worth it.  It's no accident this thing is selling out as much as it is.  Broadway tickets aren't cheap, and for people to go on a whim to see this play means that there's something there, and that's why people are coming in droves.  Or it may be so laughably bad that they can't help it, like watching a trainwreck.  The idea of Spidey jumping from the stage to the rafters above the crowd seems like a childhood dream to see live, and that's a big part of the attraction for me.  I hope the producers, writing staff, and the actors get all this worked out and the play becomes something no one expected from the day they announced the project - a terrific experience.  Thanks to John Estrada for the heads up.

Nordling, out.

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  • March 9, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    by Yurka

    CANCEL THIS SHIT PILE!

  • March 9, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Spiderman: turned off

    by UltraTron

  • March 9, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    SPIDER MAN: TURN OFF THE SHOW!

    by Fuzzyjefe

    If the production goes off without a hitch, you get a full refund!

  • March 9, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Ultratron...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Are you pre-reading my mind?

  • How does this make any sense, and what's supposed to be left after her departure?

  • March 9, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Did anyone see....?

    by Gunslinger1919

    Did anyone see the "freebie" Spidey Musical that sold out the other week in New York? I'm curious how that was....it was supposed to be a lot of fun....

  • March 9, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Why does this suck? It might make the show better

    by moorE12

  • March 9, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    more headlines, great marketing

    by Rupee88

    The media just plays into this and the show just keeps breaking box office records.

  • you must have a lot of disposable income. Anyway there are plenty of rich people there willing to fund this for the forseeable future. I don't get why parents would rather take their kids to see this rather than go to Disneyworld but children are easily entertained.

  • March 9, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Taymor is pretty avant-garde, right?

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Maybe this was the plan all along, some kind of weird meta-show about a giant Broadway production that never "opens."

  • March 9, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Pantomine

    by hallmitchell

    Just make it the most expensive one ever made.

  • March 9, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    SPIDER MAN: GTFO (great Time for oral)

    by mattforce7

    nuff said.

  • March 9, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Spider Man: Pull the Plug!

    by Mitch

  • March 9, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    I love the concept of "opening night"...

    by Chewtoy

    ...When they also announced that today would see the 100th performance of the musical. How many hundreds of times will they have put on the show before they say "Okay, *Now* we're open"?

  • March 9, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Why does that suck?

    by Laserhead

    If someone repeatedly fails, you remove them from the project. Simple.

  • March 9, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Mexico gets it right

    by Uridium

    I saw Spiderman/GreenGoblin doing wire-work fights and trapize stunts in a nightclub in Cancun years ago! They were pretty damn good and I bet it didnt cost 65 bazillion dollars either.

  • March 9, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Why does this news Suck...?

    by D o o d

    They sacked her because she's obviously shit. If she wasn't then the show would've opened on time and would've been good. As far as I can tell, this show has had nothing but poor reviews and has been blighted with terrible injuries to the cast! Cancel it and flush it down the loo!

  • ...will be a great read.

  • ...will be a great read.

  • March 9, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    MY SPIDEY SENSE IS TINGLING: YEP, THIS SHOW STILL BLOWS

    by Darth Busey

  • March 9, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    "The Goblin's Candy"

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Some insider has to be taking notes....

  • March 9, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    GOOD!

    by Jaster

    Sounds like she had no idea what the character of Spider-Man is anyway. Hope they redesign the Goblin costume because it's fucking atrocious, far worse than Raimi's.

  • March 9, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    this sucks?

    by john

    she had no grasp of the character she, like many other hollywood elites, thought her ideas were better than the source material in other words..she thinks comic books are shit so fuck her she and rothman can both go straight to fucking hell

  • March 9, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Forget the book, bring on the movie of the making of this debacle...

    by dr_buggerlugs

  • March 9, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Is this Broadways's own Cleopatra? It's own Heaven's Gate?

    by AsimovLives

  • March 9, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    I agree a documentary would be stellar

    by Jaster

    Never gonna happen though. Too many people got too much money rolled into this project and they aren't about to shit all over it.

  • March 9, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    So is the damn thing open or not?

    by ROBRAM89

    How many "preview" screenings can you have in a week before you just say "fuck it, come in"?

  • March 9, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    I agree Buggerlugs, could be the 'Heart of Darkness'...

    by workshed

    ...of theatre documentaries, except, unlike Apocalypse Now, we won't get a shit-hot movie out of it as well as the doc. The day they said U2 were doing the music I knew this thing would be a fiasco. Obviously, Taymor has been trying her damnedest to polish this turd but. come on, a 'Spiderman musical'. Who comes up with these shitty ideas..?

  • So you're saying you trust the mindless sheep tourists who go to see anything? Just because people are seeing it doesn't mean ANYTHING is there. Jersey Shore has high ratings. Does that mean SOMETHING is there? That's the dumbest fuckin reason I've ever heard to want to see something. So fucking stupid. Celebrating mediocrity and failure now are we? God dammit. Why bother doing ANYTHING worth while when it's this garbage that gets peoples attention?

  • March 9, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    This is hilarious

    by Dr. Chim Richalds

    What a trainwreck. At this point, why not just go with whatever problems the show still has and "open," just to save a little face? When all is said and done, it would probably be cheaper to invent some 360 degree 3D technology and just shine holograms on the walls where the actors were supposed to be flying around.

  • Go fully meta and make it a comedy. I'd pay to see that in a heartbeat.

  • March 9, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    If we don't support this shit, they won't make any more shit...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...And that would be some serious shit.

  • March 9, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Most "previews" in Broadway history

    by Blanket-Man

    I read somewhere that no show has ever put on this many preview performances in the history of the Great White Way. And yet when I went to buy tix for this weekend, there are still just a scattered few available - for $140/pop. Now I'm rethinking and will probably wait til the summer...

  • March 9, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    rise_of_fett

    by john

    the goblin head may have looked dumb, but it made sense, as osbourne took it from the original soldier helmet that we see during his demonstration

  • March 9, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Yeah, we made this decision last night.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It was tough since Julie is so passionate and dedicated to the project. She has a capital-"V" Vision. There's no denying it. It's just that she's such a difficult cunt. Good riddance and good luck, Julie. CHOPPED.

  • March 9, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Cirque Soleil

    by 1badmutherf@cker

    Why don't they get the guys who do Cirque Soleil to help? I mean they do high flying intricate stunts on a nightly basis without any flaws.

  • March 9, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Harry, what the FUCK is wrong with this site?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It's acting like a blind and retarded three-year-old with ADD. Did you hand over creative control to Julie Taymor?

  • March 9, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Goldmine

    by slone13

    The show just keeps hauling in buckets of money despite the reviews and the delays.

  • March 9, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    "This sucks"

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    Yeah I have to agree with everyone else. This doesn't suck.....what Taymor did to Spidey sucks. She's turned the entire project into a joke. The woman was never right for this job and her constant failures are the proof. Her whole uppity attitude of "if you tell me it can't be done I'll do it anyway" is what got her and everyone else into this mess. Sometimes in life when someone tell you "something can't be done" they are telling you for your own good.

  • March 9, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    The general public is full of dunderheads...

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Which is why something as awful as this still manages to make money. I wouldn't pay a fucking cent to watch this train wreck. It's more fun to root for its failure from the sideline and laugh at those who throw away their money.

  • March 9, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Heaven's Gate indeed, asimovlives

    by JMH1973

    In fact, this is starting to make HG look like a trouble-free production. At least that movie (and movies in general) can hope to recoup their $$$ with DVDs - what the hell can a Broadway production do to make that budget back?

  • March 9, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Finally, lets be done with this nonsense...

    by Toruk_Makto

    If only the production of some of these 'films' could suffer the same fate...

  • March 9, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Bring in Corky St. Clair!

    by Dr Lizardo

    If he can do Backdraft, he can do this!

  • March 9, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE RESPIRATOR

    by BringingSexyBack

    He's dead, Jim.

  • March 9, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    MAYBE NOW THEY'LL USE THE SONGS I SENT THEM?

    by BringingSexyBack

    I'll be rich!

  • I guess that would be pretty crazy, but I feel like people's attitude would shift drastically once it finally crossed that line. I don't know, what's worse, Nordling, a fake baby rape or a real actor dying because of unsafe working conditions?

  • March 9, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    dr lizardo, I just had to acknowledge your comment...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    It was so appropriate, it deserves to be recognized. Well done!

  • March 9, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Banksy

    by Miss 45

    Bansky was behind it all. It was a statement.

  • March 9, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Shutting down for a few weeks in April?

    by tonagan

    Isn't that all of April? I guess that answers my question about the April 16th show.

  • March 9, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    It's Christopher ASHLEY, not "Astley"

    by Green

    And according to the L.A. Times as of 12:15 PM Pacific Coast Time today, he says he is NOT going to take over the directing reins. See the article: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/03/christopher-ashley-says-he-wont-direct-broadways-spider-man.html

  • March 9, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    They should hire Roger De Bris as her replacement?

    by Royston Lodge

    Wakka wakka wakka!

  • March 9, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Hacks need the boot as soon as possible.

    by alienindisguise

    Let them do their stupid bullshit with their own characters, not icons that are older than they are.

  • March 9, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Believe the Hype: it's a trainwreck

    by MaliceHighload

    I saw it with a few people. It's as bad as can be. In its current state, it's unfixable, despite what your reader says. I'm all for artistic license and interpretation and doing different things, but this thing just does not work. 2nd Act is a mess but so is the 1st Act. Three narratives are interwoven poorly so the "Spider-Man" story is just 1/3 of the focus. And it's about the worst Spider-Man origin story ever told. Worth seeing as an ill-conceived trainwreck experience but honestly, this thing is beyond salvaging unless they totally scrap the book and start over.

  • March 9, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    funny how an extremely bad idea to begin with tends to snowball...

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • March 9, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!

    by Darth_Kaos

    ...LOLOLOLOLO....WAIT....WAIT...LOLOLOLOL, OH CHRIST...LOLOLOLOLOLOL. ABOUT FUCKIN' TIME!

  • March 9, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    First fix: CHANGE THE TITLE

    by Benovite1

    Never ever ever have the words "Turn Off" in your title unless you want people to be.. turned off!

  • March 9, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    swiss miss????

    by matchesmalone2380

    nuff said!!!

  • March 9, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I've got a brilliant idea!

    by Benovite1

    Give the audience shotguns and give them the opportunity to shoot at all the shit that's supposed to be flying above their heads.

  • March 9, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    It's not Christopher ASHLEY, it's RICK ASTLEY...

    by Lucifer Haywood

    He will be composing a new soundtrack, jettisoning U2's "shite", in his own words.

  • March 9, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    Keyboard Cat of Spider-Man the Musical

    by Tommy Rye

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbNZ5wlVde8

  • March 9, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Just ride the Spider-Man ride at Universal Orlando

    by SithMenace

    if you want an up close and personal Spider-Man experience. That ride is fantastic.

  • This and Rob Zombie's 'Halloween Turd'. I mean '2'.

  • March 9, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    malicehighload

    by SithMenace

    What origin story do they use?

  • March 9, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    The Goings On, Behind The Scenes Here, Should Be Made Into A Movie

    by Media Messiah

    I would love to see a movie about an obsessive ego driven Broadway director, who is so committed to her vision of a Broadway musical, that she is willing to risk lives, her reputation, and a 65 million dollar budget, soon to be a 100 million, to do it. Such a movie would be an interesting character study, sort of a reverse Black Swan.

  • March 9, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    "an uncompromising vision"

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    George Lucas had a vision for the original trilogy, but he let others contribute and reign him in. for the prequels though - he had "an uncompromising vision" as well. How well did that turn out? Fuck Taymore!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 9, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Awwwwww, but it was going so well. (nt)

    by Triple_J_72

  • March 9, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Money well spent!

    by marineboy

    Could've had a decent movie with the money poured into this crap :s

  • March 9, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Spidey's Gate: The musical that killed Broadway.

    by AsimovLives

  • March 9, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    SPIDER-MAN: FUCK OFF JULIE TAYMOR

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • ...except that was a joke demonstrating how awful and stupid a musical stage production based on an existing movie/series would be. This is actually real. All the behind-the-scenes shenanigans (resulting in an awful final product) reminds me of Robert Altman's "Popeye".

  • March 9, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Also, the songs by bono and edge suck.

    by jarjarmessiah

    Should have went with Mr. Big

  • March 9, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    What origin story do they use for Spider-Man in this?

    by SithMenace

    Anyone know?

  • March 9, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Taymor was all fucking wrong.

    by Stifler's Mom

    Seriously, she's a weightless she-hack who cares more about art direction and costumes than actual story-telling. How she got the job in the first place is puzzling.

  • March 9, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    omg a reboot?

    by vulturess

    already?

  • March 9, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    RIP, stupid idea

    by smackfu

    A Spiderman musical takes the cake as the most half baked idea of the year. Newsflash:The target audience of Spiderman tends not to be interested in musicals, and the target audience of musicals tend not to be interested in Spiderman.

  • March 9, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    The only reason I'm posting here

    by donkingkong

    Is to put in my formal request that AICN stop reporting in on this retarded dud.

  • March 9, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    ...just F'ing Kill it!!!

    by Nivek666

    Come on, this was a horrible idea in the first place, only reasons it sold tickets is because people know it was going to be horrible. Just fucking kill it!!!

  • March 9, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Taymor has moved on to…

    by MrDexter

    Angry Birds: the Musical

  • March 9, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    will you all just shut up

    by corplhicks

    so all of you are now theater experts as well? I know from first hand knowledge that the first half of the show is amazing and well written-- the second half needs reworking. yes it is a major overhaul and will be several months and needs to be done aggressively. Also keep in mind this is not just Marry Poppins flying over the audience once or peter pan swinging back and forth; this is a highly complex show, more so than any broadway production ever. Give them a chance and when they make it right, in time they will recoup their money.

  • March 9, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    And enough of this shit-- give me Battle: LA review

    by corplhicks

    and spoilers....

  • March 9, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Taymor's track record....

    by DougMcKenzie

    Well she was handled a movie about Beatles music. You know the massively popular songs that made billions in all different sorts of media. She completely fucked that up and made a bomb movie. Now she was handed the massive Spiderman empire... one of the biggest and longest running series ever.... one of the biggest film franchises out there. She completely fucks that up as well. Meanwhile Bay and Spielberg can take a minor IP like Transformers and make billions. The women has no place in the entertainment business, and now the producers know it. Creativity aside, you fuck with their bank, you get punted.

  • March 9, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Not too late for Conan O'Brien to take over.

    by JudasPriestly

    Just saying...

  • March 9, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Also, fuck the book and movie

    by Gozu

    Bring on the Porn Parody.

  • March 9, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    reboot

    by matchesmalone2380

    so a trilogy of movie that does extremely well world wide gets a reboot...a musical that's had a lot of things go wrong gets a reboot too.

  • March 9, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    This is becoming legend.

    by jimmy_009

    We haven't seen this much fail in our lifetime. Thank you Julie Taymor. You have given us a true wonder.

  • March 9, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    When did anyone ask for a Spider Man musical?

    by beane2099

    I'm still trying to wrap my mind around this. I've been hearing about this for I don't know how long, and all I can think is "someone actually invested money in this".

  • March 9, 2011, 11:36 p.m. CST

    corplhicks "give them a chance"?????

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    First - nobody here is claiming to be theater experts. But c'mon man it doesn't take an expert to recognize a disaster of this magnitude. This idea was half baked to begin with and Taymor was also all wrong. Then to top it off they add in bullshit like Swissmiss and other ridiculous changes to Spidey's iconic character and what do you have? You have this massive injury prone shit fest. "give them a chance"????? lol - They've been hammering away and refining this cluster-fuck atrocity for quite some time. The production has already had several "chances". It's had chance after chance after chance and it's been delayed constantly.

  • March 10, 2011, 2:32 a.m. CST

    i said, don't touch that.

    by frank cotton

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MY BODY, YOUNG THE GIANT, for fuck's sake, people, won't you even try? off of YOUNG THE GIANT. and lastly, PORN STAR DANCING, no message or anything, i just like it, MY DARKEST DAYS, and, ya got to love that name, too, off, oh, give me a godamned break, MY DARKEST DAYS. no, frank, i, will not let this, trivial bullshit, spoil my mood. i do think i'll have, one a them KLONOPINs, just in case. tonight's WORD is, ROOT CAUSE. the THOUGHT is, from CHARLIE SHEEN, and i have to say, i admire his blatant, brash, bold, and, well, frank-like attitude. 'if i'm insane, i'm OK with it...this is not an act.'; i think i'll engrave that on, somethin' or other! and tonight, i RECOMMEND, GERBER LEGENDARY BLADES. franks been a customer since, 1980, or thereabouts, and wishes, that all companies were half as good. if you've got a need, to do some serious stabbin', you just can't, go wrong, with GERBER. and, we have a WARNING, tonite, as well. stay away from 'zringtones'. it's nothing but a, SPAMBUSH! they'll back your email up, like a 'mode after thanksgiving, sure, as shit! folks, as soon as, we can get in, a smoke, a snack, and, queue up some noise, we'll get on with, the RAVE. take five, franks! next round of sound, one FACE IT, MOBY, ANIMAL RIGHTS, two GREEDY, PURE, PUREFUNALIA, three NEGATIVE CREEP, NIRVANA, BLEACH, four YOUR GENIUS HANDS, EVERCLEAR, WORLD OF NOISE. please note: all of these had, non-repeating titles. it CAN, be done. so. i was at my, local, BORDERS yesterday. that's right - lucky for everyone, mine, did not close, or i, might have had to go on a smiting spree. seein' as i'm pressed for time lately, and not really in the mood anyhow, well, hey, what did CAPTAIN PICARD say about, moods? somethin' about, cows and sex, right, frank? can't recall, either, eh? well, really lucky, ya'll. please, try to, support, what's left of them, BORDERS, just to, be, on the safe side. hear? the other day, someone, asked me, i think it was, frank, asked me, 'say, frank, why is, the world, so fucked up?'. good question, frank. deserves, a good answer, it does. i'll see, what i, can do. this, world, this, time and place, all of this, is, humanity's, trial run, a beta test, just like, with software, if you would. got to, flush, the bugs out and, the only, sure way, to do that is, as, we all know, to, put it in play. run it, in, the real world. and, here, we are. this isn't, as, precise a science, as, you, might hope for; this has, never been tried before. so, what's the, worst bug, what's the, virus that's gonna, crash, this experiment, just what is, the, biggest problem in, today's world? what is, man's, greatest 'sin'? it's not one, of the majors. not even, on, the list. can't even, think of, a name for it, but, what it is, is, letting things slide. for instance, i, mentioned, a ways back, a woman, killing, two kids because she was, distracted, by her, cel phone. hideous, isn't it? don't agree? well, IT, FUCKING WELL, IS. how many, people, have died due, to, nothing more than, the carelessness of, others? some, meathead, decides he, just can't, miss, the first two seconds, of, 'the game', so he, drives, 80 mph in a, 45 zone, and, wipes out a, school bus. some other, dickwad, just has to, text, who-the-fuck-cares, about, a, line on some, TV show, last night, and, BAM, head-on into, a, sidewalk cafe. that, we can have, that, little regard for, our, fellow man, that, some bullshit, little thing we, just have to do, is, worth more than a, human life, that anyone would, even, risk that happening, that's, what's wrong in, the world. THE, biggest problem. our priorities, are whack. everyone, thinks, that their, little, problems/issues/wants/needs, are, more important, than, life itself. and, why, is this? because you, are all running on, autopilot, all day, every day, etc, etc. you, DO NOT THINK. you, simply act, or, react, by rote. it's not, your fault, at least, not entirely. the media, the government, pretty much, any, large entity, be it, a church, or, the school system, or, just, society itself, as, a whole, is, mostly to blame. society says if, you, execute a murderer then, you, are, as bad as, said murderer. so, said, lifer-murderer, KILLS, a guard. and THAT, is, SOCIETY's fault, because, society, placed MORE value on, the MURDERER's life, than, the guard's (and, in the process, society becomes, even WORSE, than the murderer). well, didn't they? place, more value, on, the murderer's life? see, if, they'd dealt with the, murderer, PROPERLY, the guard would, STILL BE ALIVE, wouldn't he? THAT, is, how STUPID, the world, has become. AND YOU, SIMPLY, REFUSE, TO SEE IT! it's the, overwelming magnitude, of, simple THOUGHTLESSNESS, that is, the world's, humanity's, WORST failing. it's, NO big deal. right. it's, not MY problem. right. it's, TOO hard, it's, too MUCH trouble, i, MIGHT, get into, trouble. right. THIS, is why, 24/7, assaults and rapes, and, murders and child abuse, your, various and, sundry atrocities, and, corporate malfeasence, and, governmental corruption, and, all, the other, nasty, awful things, that, YOU, clamor for, SOMEONE ELSE, to fix, NEVER STOPS. AND, IT NEVER WILL STOP, BECAUSE, YOU, DO NOTHING, ABOUT IT! letters. emails. rallies. yeah, right. sure. oh, you, TALK a good game, but IF, it comes down to, ACTUALLY dirtying YOUR hands, maybe, chipping a NAIL, well, YOU'RE, nowhere to be found. FRANK! why, is the air so, still? what? where's, the music, numbskull? hop, to it, you...FOUR WALLED WORLD, TEMPLE OF THE DOG, guess, EVERY DAY IS EXACTLY THE SAME, off WITH_TEETH, and INTO THE VOID, THE FRAGILE, both by NINE INCH NAILS, THIS IS THE NEW SHIT, MARILYN MANSON, another favorite, here, @ the station, from, THE GOLDEN AGE OF GROTESQUE, and, IT'S OVER, by FILTER, offa SHORT BUS. should do, for now. before we, break, for a, smoke, and, station identification, let's, slog thru, a little more. THE PROBLEM, boiled down, is that you, DON'T, seriously give a shit about, anything, OUTSIDE of your, own, little bubble. about anything, that's, not, near and dear to, you, that's not, in, some way, personal. it IS, hard to, i, understand, don't, get me wrong. but, that's, still, no excuse. maybe you, do, care about, some things, the environment, human rights, etc, but, with, little exception, it's only, in a, superficial, abstract way. and, while, no one, can, care about, everything, all the time, neither, can you, just, turn a blind eye, to it, even tho, it is, practically, overwelming. because, yes, you, CAN, do something. it, may well be, outside the law, or, borderline unethical, but, that, is, NOT, an excuse, for, DOING NOTHING AT ALL (double negatives, be damned). and, until, at, the least, a majority of you, recognize this, and, start to, take action on, the world's problems (and NOT, the play-acting, bullshit, that, passes, for action today), it will, only, get, WORSE. bottom line, is, excluding wars, far more, accidental, unintentional harm, is, caused by, reckless, oblivious people, than, is, done by the conscious, deliberate acts, of, criminals, and, corporate/governmental sociopaths, combined. man, i'm parched.

  • March 10, 2011, 4:09 a.m. CST

    prior to its opening...

    by emeraldboy

    phantom of the opera was a disaster. but you would never know that now. its previews were all terrible. but it all ended on opening night in london when everything clicked. and audiences were left stunned, by the production and by the performance of its lead star.

  • March 10, 2011, 4:13 a.m. CST

    "Give Them A Chance" GIVE THEM A CHANCE?

    by tomdolan04

    Did yewww give myyy uncle a chaaaaance (Emo cries)

  • March 10, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    I don't know why the obvious has been sujested

    by Knightsong

    Back in the day they used to show Broadway plays on HBO and other cable networks. Why not try and recoup some of the money by dealing exclusive cable rights, then they could also do DVD sales. It's seeming more and more likely that even if this thing gets an official premier and run date that it won't run for long. Touring it seems almost out of the question due to all the technical issues with the wire system. Despite all the problems its had though I've read some good things about it and would love to see it. I don't live in New York however, so the odds of me actually ever seeing it are slim to none. Film the finished product, show it cable, sell a DVD of it and I bet if it's good people would still pay for the experience of seeing it live.

  • March 10, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    "Spider-Man: Suck du Soleil"

    by jawsfan

  • March 10, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    i enjoy hearing the reports on the show

    by nametaken

    keep it up. my worry is that the show does get re-written, and becomes a mediocre success owing little to its first incarnations. i say keep the train wreck theme.

  • March 10, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Apparently she's to remain part ....

    by fpuk99

    .... of the production team. As for a final opening, why bother? The show took-in $1.28m last week alone. :O

  • March 10, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Make a musical about this music, they'll call it PRODUCERS

    by Japan Flix

  • March 10, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    get a man to do a man's job!

    by JAMF

    no more female directors please. they suck balls. and before you mention her, yes - bigelow also sucks balls.

  • March 10, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    meh...

    by rhizomeman

    Have never been impressed with anything Taymor does and cannot understand who keeps funding her and hiring her. She seems like a pretty mediocre talent.

  • March 10, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Have they NOT run out of money?

    by impossibledreamers

    Or is this like the biggest tax write-off in Broadway history?

  • March 10, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Stupid assholes.

    by Aaron

    I would love to see this show. Sub-hominids gonna hate, I suppose. If I wasn't so keen on continuing to not have a job since I've wracked up mad amounts of school loan debt in return for having all the time I want to do any/nothing, I would dip into that fund for it. They should do a DVD.

  • March 10, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Karaoke may be a better option...

    by AssWhole

    Clearly, I don't think Spider-Man is cut out for Broadway. I discovered a different option for Spidey though: bit.ly/dFHZSv

  • March 10, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Julie Taymore gets all the blame, huh?

    by Drath

    Her Lion King was excellent, and her movies have been great if too artsy and not mainstream enough. Now this thing keeps getting delayed and suddenly she sucks? She failed to make it work, fine, and that's bad enough, but now she's "cunty"? Fuck you, morons.

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