The tale of Spider-Man gets more and more tangled. It’s now been reported in the New York Times that the production — rather than opening next week, as had been scheduled — is going to shut down for a few weeks and that rehab is expected to take three more months. At that point, the Times says, director Julie Taymor may or may not still be around.
Here’s the story.
And here’s the official announcement saying that Taymor is out — sort of.
Kenny Howard, who has directed many shows at the Orlando Fringe and at the Parliament House’s Footlight Theater, has been accepted into the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society’s observership pool — a program that will allow him to track a director and an off-Broadway production from the first day of rehearsals to opening night.
Howard has been assigned to director Leigh Silverman, who will be directing the world premiere of the David Greenspan play Go Back to Where You Are at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Rehearsals begin March 1 and the play, described as a comic romance, will be performed March 24-May 1.
The cast features Stephen Bogardus, David Greenspan, Tim Hopper and Mary Shultz.
“Interestingly enough,” Kenny says, “what seemed to be of most interest to Leigh was my ‘activist’-type resume. Titles like Dragness of God and PieFace! The Adventures of Anita Bryant, etc., appealed to her and apparently gave me a leg up from my competition.”
Congratulations to Kenny, who’s also dabbling in Broadway in the coming months by investing in the new Marc Shaiman-Scott Wittman musical Catch Me If You Can and the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Daniel Radcliffe. Busy man.
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