She can, and that's the point!
Though she was taken off the project after many, many, MANY problems with the show's production, Julie Taymor is actually still eligible to receive a Tony for directing Spider-Man: Turn Out The Dark.
The decision was announced yesterday by The Tony Awards Administration Committee, who also revealed that the show's original stars, Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano, are also in the running for Tony nods for leading male and female in a musical. This does mean, however, that the new people brought in after the show was overhauled, like relief director Philip William McKinley, WILL NOT be eligible for nominations for their work on the show.
Is that fair? You could argue both sides pretty strongly and it the past, it has always been the Tonys policy to honor those who originated productions. Julie Taymor absolutely deserves some recognition, despite delays, accidents and what have you. She got the show soaring to start with, pun intended. Still, it was Phil who got butts in the seats when the show was revamped. We're torn.
What do U think? Who should get the Tony for best direction this year?
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