Spiderman Musical Director Suing Producers

You may have heard of a tragic little debacle known as Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. It’s been billed as Broadway’s most expensive musical and opened last year amid all kinds of disasters: injuries, delays and more. And apparently there was more going on behind the scenes. Director Julie Taymor says the producers of the show violated her creative rights and haven’t compensated her for the work she put into the show.

She filed a copyright infringement suit, seeking $1 million in damages. Lead producers say they have, in fact, given her her money: “the production has indeed compensated Ms. Taymor for her contribution as a co-book writer.”

The lawsuit is seeking half of all profits from the book she co-wrote for the musical as well as requestings a jury trial to determine her share of profits.

Believe it or not, the show is still on Broadway and is apparently making enough to more than break even.