Wednesday, February 23, 2011

We Might Still Have a Good Spiderman Musical...

... it just won't be from Julie Taymor:
Frustrated by the web of delays engulfing “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” the $65 million Broadway spectacle that is now to open on March 15 (if not later), Mr. Moran, an improv comedian and a composer, has decided to beat Julie Taymor and her team to the punch by opening his own show about that comic-book wall-crawler one day earlier, on March 14.
Around 2 a.m. on Feb. 11, Mr. Moran posted the first in a series of YouTube videos he calls the “Spiderman Smackdown,” announcing that he was creating his own musical — with a budget of exactly zero dollars. By 10 or 11 that morning, Mr. Moran said he was already getting e-mails from prospective cast members, composers, costume and set designers, and other crew members volunteering to participate.
My only question is, do they have the rights to Spiderman? After all, the Fitzgerald estate kept Gatz out of New York for a while because of a competing license of The Great Gatsby.