Julie Taymor to Leave Spider-Man

The stars of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are rallying around Julie Taymor, but it may be too late: Taymor is out as director of the troubled show. Now, the show, which after five delays was supposed to open March 15, will shut down preview performance for two or three weeks as producers overhaul it, according to both the Daily News and The New York Times. The new official opening is at least three months off. A new creative has been hired, including an acclaimed playwright and comics writer to re-write the book, a musical consultant and a sound designer.