Home Celebrity 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.

Also read: http://www.showbiz411.com/2011/11/02/spider-man-on-broadway-update-taymor-still-unpaid-directors-credit-goes-to-mckinley

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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. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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