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Julie Taymor Talks! Says Shakespeare Would Be APPALLED With Spider-Man Revamp!

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It's been a tough road for Julie Taymor! We can't blame her for needing to vent a little bit.

While it was very nice to see Julie playing nice with the Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark team at the show's opening night, it looks like Julie's still got a lot to say about the new version of the show, which was made after she was fired.

Here's Julie on the Internet's role in hurting the Spider-Man musical:

"It's a new time. Twitter and Facebook and blogging just trump you. It's incredibly difficult to be under a shot-glass and a microscope like that. When you’re trying to break new ground, the immediate answers that audiences give are never going to be good."

And Julie on her condemnation of making "artistic decisions" based on "test-marketing audiences":

"There's always something people don't like. It’s very scary if people are going more towards that, to have audiences tell you how to make a show. Shakespeare would have been appalled."

And here's Julie's thoughts on the new, revamped version of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark:

"The production today has become much simpler."

Doesn't surprise us that Julie wouldn't be overly supportive of the revamped Spider-Man musical. At least she's talking it out, and getting everything off her chest, without being TOO harsh about the new show…well, except maybe for that Shakespeare comment. Ha!

Do U agree with Julie's comments? Should audience responses influence a decision to change a show or not?

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6 comments to “Julie Taymor Talks! Says Shakespeare Would Be APPALLED With Spider-Man Revamp!”

  1. 1

    Shakespeare is dead. Do you really want him to roll over in his grave?

  2. MJB12 says – reply to this


    I think you need to re-read her comment…way to take it completely out of context. She did not say Shakespeare would be appalled with the Spider-Man musical.

  3. 3

    She didn't say that Shakespeare would have been appalled with the Spider-Man musical…she said he would be appalled at the modern notion that you need to put your work before a test audience, and allow them to dictate to you how your show should go. Many a potentially great film or play have been RUINED by catering to test audiences. And yes, I agree with her 100% on that issue.
    However, some of the changes made to Spider-Man were not a result of test audience reaction…it was a reaction to multiple injuries to the actors or stunt performers, some of which could have been life-threatening. The show was a disaster, and it needed to be reigned in.

  4. 4

    another piece of shit who can't seem to keep their mouth shut…

  5. 5

    Ok, First of all, the show was terrible. I was rooting for Julie but she let her ego get in the way. Now she is blaming the blogs and test groups? She would be singing a different song if these people said it was wonderful. I also blame the producers for not controling her. The show was a joke and confusing. Julie really blew it and that's that.

  6. 6

    Her version was a disaster destined to fail and she was not able to make it work. She need to shut her mouth and respect the effort of the people who saved the show.