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More Off-Broadway Drama For Spider-Man Musical

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Julie Taymore Spidey Lawsuit Goes To Court

Oh, the tangled webs we weave!

He's defeated Green Goblin and Doc Octopus, but Spider-Man's most persistent foe appears to be a U.S. District Court.

Julie Taymor's ongoing lawsuit against Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is, well, ongoing!

You might remember when the original writer/creator was canned from the $75 mil production last year or when she filed suit claiming copyright infringement of original work soon thereafter.

The judge is considering arguments from both parties' attorneys, trying to decide whether or not to admit certain pieces of evidence — including outlines written by Taymor and videos of the production in its entirety.

Attorneys from Taymor's side are confident with their case, claiming:

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Spider-Man Musical Slings Mud Web At Tony Awards

Tony Danza Can Watch Spider Man Turn Off The Dark

What do Tony Romo, Marc Anthony, and Toni Braxton all have in common? Give up??

Each of them have more famous exs is eligible to watch Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark for FREE!!

It really isn’t as weird as it sounds.

Producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris invite anyone named Tony, Toni, Antonio, or… well, you get the picture, to attend their company’s June 3 performance for absolutely free!

Wow!! We love a bargain!

June 3 is also the day the Tony Awards are broadcast.

See, Spidey’s was mostly overlooked by the nominating committee and the producers of the hit play (yes, those producers) refuse to take their snubbing sitting down.

They explained their strategy in a joint statement:

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Quote Of The Day

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"If you don't want to do something ambitious that's never been seen before, why do you bother?"

- Julie Taymor on the troubles of the Spider-Man musical to Vogue magazine

[Image via WENN.]

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Another Actor Injured On The Set Of Spider-Man Musical

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This is getting out of control!!

With several delays and numerous technical difficulties including other actors getting injured in the show's dangerous stunts, reports are coming out now that yet another actor was injured during the Spider-Man musical's first preview last Sunday.

Natalie Mendoza, who plays villainess Arachne, was struck by a rope that was holding a piece of equipment offstage and suffered a concussion. She didn't immediately report the injury to the producers or the actors' union, and even performed in the next night's performance against doctor's orders.

However, after a few days, she fell ill on Thursday and her understudy stepped in and took her place.

Responding to why Mendoza continued to perform after being injured, the musical's spokesperson said, "It was her choice, she insisted on doing it."

The New York State Dept. of Labor confirmed on Friday that it was investigating the accident, and a rep for the agency said:

"The production has explained to us the details of the accident. They also indicated that they have made changes to prevent this type of accident from happening again. We plan to follow up regularly to ensure that these modifications are adequate."

Seems like MAJOR changes need to happen for this production to continue! This is the THIRD injury on set! Actors, beware!

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Spider-Man Musical Delayed Over Safety Concerns

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Will this musical ever open??

The opening of the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has delayed its opening by two weeks as the New York State Department continues to investigate the safety of the show's flying stunts that resulted in one of the actors breaking both his wrists two weeks ago.

The production was originally set to begin its previews on November 14 and then officially open December 21, however, with the latest setback, the show is now scheduled to preview on November 28 and open on January 11, 2011.

Part of the reason why the musical was delayed was because the production wasn't prepared to demonstrate all of their complicated stunts to safety officials earlier this week, making their inspection incomplete.

The producer of the show, Michael Cohl explained the delays, saying, "Shows like ours, that embrace the challenge of opening on Broadway without an out-of-town tryout, often need to adjust their schedules along the way."

They need to do whatever they can to make sure this show is safe and if delaying the show by a couple of weeks so that another incident doesn't happen, then we say, good move!!

Let's just hope everything goes as planned and the musical will be considered safe enough to open by 2011!

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