In today’s strictly hypothetical news, Julie Taymor has been ruled eligible to win a Tony for “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” Yes, this was actually the subject of debate. The Broadway musical — famously plagued by cost overruns and cast injuries — was widely scorched by critics when it opened in June after months of overhauls, including Taymor’s firing as director. But it’s managed to hang in there at the box office, and producers asked Tony officials to make both Taymor (a winner for “The Lion King”) and her replacement Philip William McKinley eligible for the prize next spring, reports the New York Times.The committee, however, ruled Thursday that only Taymor can win the trophy. Assuming, of course, that it comes to that.
Read earlier: ‘Spider-Man’ on Broadway: No superpowers needed to sniff out this stinker, 2/7/11
‘Spider-Man’ reviewed by Peter Marks, 6/14/11