'Spider-Man' Producers, Julie Taymor's Union Settle Case

Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:49pm EST

The producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" have reached a settlement with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and will pay ousted director Julie Taymor royalties from the Broadway musical, the union said Thursday.

Taymor will receive royalties for her work as director and as collaborator.

The show's producer, 8 Legged Productions, has dropped its lawsuit challenging the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society's jurisdiction, and has agreed to recognize the union as the representative of the play's choreographers and directors.

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In June 2011, the union sued the producers on Taymor's behalf, saying the producers owed the show's director and book writer $300,000.

"We are very happy to have reached an amicable compromise with the SD that will allow us to move on," producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris said in a written statement. "Now we can focus our energies on providing an amazing entertainment experience for our audiences, who have come to see the show in record numbers and made it a tremendous hit."

The producers said that they "hope to be able to employ many talented theater professionals, including SDC members, for years to come."

Also read: 'Spider-Man's' Troubled Road to Broadway (Updated)

The union's president, Karen Azenberg, said, "We are pleased to resovle our issues with the producer of 'Spider-Man' and to welcome it to our collective partnership. It has employed four of our members ... and the success of the show is in our mutual interest."

The musical, featuring music by U2's Bono and The Edge, was plagued by troubles prior early on. In December 2010, an actor Christopher Tierney fractured his skull in an accident, and its opening night was delayed several times before it bowed on June 14, 2011.

Since then, however, "Spider-Man" has been regularly spinning grosses in excess of $1 million a week. It took in $1.3 million for the week ending February 12 according to The Broadway League. 

Taymor became the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing a musical for the 1997 Broadway production of "The Lion King," which was based on the 1994 Disney film. Her production of "The Magic Flute" is among the most successful ever at New York's Metropolitan Opera. 

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