Julie Taymor Cancels Planned Talk About ‘Spider-Man’

Director cites scheduling conflict in cancelling New York Times interview

Last Updated: December 29, 2010 @ 1:06 PM

Julie Taymor, director "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," canceled a planned New York Times event where she was to have answered questions about the embattled musical, the newspaper reported.

Taymor was to have been interviewed in front of a live audience Jan. 8 for the New York Times Arts & Leisure weekend.

But the Times said a representative for Taymor said in an e-mail that “with the changes in the ‘Spider-Man’ production schedule, Julie will be deep in rehearsals and will not be available to participate” in the interview, which was to have been conducted by Patrick Healy, a Times reporter who writes about theater.

The musical – the most expensive ever staged on Broadway – is in previews. Its official opening has been delayed by four weeks, to Feb. 7, to allow for creative changes. Four people in the cast have been injured, including an aerialist who was seriously injured in a 30-foot-fall and actress Natalie Mendoza, who is reportedly leaving the production after a concussion.

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