Monday, July 22, 2024

Tony Awards Final Answer: Julie Taymor Is “Spider Man” Director


(With update) The Tony Awards committee has met and made an important decision: Julie Taymor, not Philip William McKinley, is the director of “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark.” As I told you yesterday, the producers of “Spider Man” had recently put the director’s title underneath McKinley’s name and redubbed Taymor as a demotion. But it’s her show, and the Tony’s agree. The “Spider Man” producers must accept this decision, there is no turning back or appeal. And that should carry a lot of weight in Taymor’s arbitration. She still hasn’t been paid!  The Committee also ruled that stars Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano will be considered lead actors in a musical. They also ruled that Tyne Daly is a lead actress in “Master Class”–although I’m not sure why–she was certainly the lead.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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