Julie Taymor Gets Better Billing as a Result of SPIDER-MAN Lawsuit
According to the New York Times, Julie Taymor came out of her lawsuit against the producers of SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK with better billing. As of March 2011, when Taymor was officially fired as director of the musical, Taymor was credited on the show playbill with 'Original Direction By' just under Philip Wm. McKinley, who was credited as director. Now as per terms in the settlement, Taymor is listed as director above McKinley, who's credit has been changed to 'additional direction by.'
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The parties' settlement agreement resolves Ms. Taymor's claims against 8 Legged in connection with her work on the book of the musical SPIDER-MAN: Turn Off the Dark, with respect to both the current New York production and subsequent productions. All claims between all of the parties in the litigation have been resolved.
Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris of 8 Legged Productions said in a joint statement: "We're happy to put all this behind us. We are now looking forward to spreading Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark in new and exciting ways around the world."
Ms. Taymor said, "I'm pleased to have reached an agreement and hope for the continued success of Spider-Man, both on Broadway and beyond."
Mr. Berger said, "I am very glad the parties have put the claims behind them. I look forward to seeing fruitful work from all those involved."
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award-winners Bono and The Edge and a book co-written by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, with direction by Ms. Taymor and additional direction by Philip William McKinley. Scenic Designer George Tsypin and Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka are winners of Outer Critics Circle Awards and were nominated for Tony Awards for their work on SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark.
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