Fired Spider-Man Musical Producer Calls Out U2's Bono

11/16/2011
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(Rock News Desk) The director who worked on Bono and the Edge's Spider-Man musical says she was sacked as a scapegoat after nine years of work even though the U2 men didn't know enough about the situation to support her dismissal.

Julie Taymor, who's behind the successful Lion King musical and once described herself as someone who "didn't want to play Cinderella or Snow White I wanted to be the Wicked Witch of the West," believes she was unfairly dismissed after Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark became a laughing-stock over its huge debts and series of script rewrites and rehearsal accidents.

Several actors were hospitalised during the development of the show and by the time it opened it was the most expensive potential flop in Broadway history, with a debt believed to be over $75m. It's been hammered by critics for poor music and a confusing storyline but Taymor says the successful elements which involve live-action puppetry and the added dimension of seeing the puppetmasters in action were all her ideas. more on this story

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