Julie Taymor defends her seemingly cursed Spider-Man musical

Contributed by
Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

While Julie Taymor isn't going to come out and explicitly admit her $65 million Spider-Man musical is a disaster (as we've been telling you, performers have been injured and botched stunts have held up the first shows by hours), now that all the catastrophes have been reported, Taymor says they've worked out the kinks and everything's okay.

"It's in previews," Taymor said by way of explanation in a press conference Dec. 6 in Beverly Hills, Calif., where she was promoting her film The Tempest. "We're doing our job. It's working well. Third preview ran smoothly. We've got another four weeks, and I'm very excited about it."

Are you convinced? And even if she gets the show running like a well-oiled machine, are you ready for a singing Peter Parker? How about if she promises to play Spider-Man like a Shakespearean epic?

"My Spider-Man, you'll see, it's sort of coming out now because we've kept it secret, it's taking from the Greek myths just like Shakespeare does," Taymor said. "It's taking from the Greek mythology of the origins of spider. I think it's a modern myth. That's why I love it. I love the story of Spider-Man. I love what its dilemma is. It's as deep to me as anything that I've ever done."

The big question is, what rhymes with "responsibility" in the show-stopping "With Great Power" number? Taymor says she'd never turn the key moral of Peter Parker—"With great power comes great responsibility"—into a song.

"No, never. Actually, the words that replace that in a song are 'rise above.' No, who'd sing that? Would you? It would be hard to sing it."

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is now playing on Broadway.