Julie Taymor will square off next week against the theater producers who fired her in March as director of the Broadway musicalas the two sides begin arbitration proceedings over more than $500,000 in royalties that Ms. Taymor says she is owed.
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Among the issues before the arbitrator, George Nicolau, is the producers’ contractual obligation to pay royalties to Ms. Taymor as well as their grounds for dismissing her in October.
According to interviews with representatives of both camps the “Spider-Man” producers – led by Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris – plan to argue that they are not under any obligation to pay royalties to Ms. Taymor. They plan to argue that she was dismissed for breach of contract,outlet prada, and will contend that she was inefficient – , when rehearsals were also continuing,prada scarpe, was unprecedented – as well as inflexible about rewriting the “Spider-Man” script and overhauling elements of the production as they wanted.
Ms. Taymor, a Tony Award winner for Broadway’s “Lion King,polo ralph lauren,” plans to argue that she led the development of “Spider-Man” for nine years – along with the composers of the show’s songs, U2’s Bono and the Edge – and that the union’s collective bargaining agreement required the producers to pay her royalties,borse prada, according to a representative for the union, who would speak only on condition of anonymity because the union had not authorized public comments about its arbitration strategy. On the breach-of-contract claim, which the producers have the burden of proving, Ms. Taymor will counter that she attended rehearsals and tried to work collaboratively but that the producers would not give her enough time to make changes to the show.
Ms. Taymor is said to have wanted to make changes to the musical – some of which,sac pliage longchamp, her associates have said,doudoune moncler pas cher, would have sought to address the producers’ desire to clarify the story-telling and make the show more lively and family-friendly.
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Ms. Taymor is expected to attend the closed-door arbitration hearings on Monday and Tuesday; it was not clear this week if the producers will attend. The arbitration proceeding is then expected to adjourn for a few weeks because of scheduling conflicts on both sides and resume later in the fall.
A press representative for “Spider-Man” said on Thursday that the producers had no comment on the matter. The producers asked Mr. Nicolau to direct both sides not to speak about the proceedings once arbitration begins on Monday; he agreed.
Ms. Taymor has never given an interview or spoken at length publicly about “Spider-Man,” which underwent a substantial overhaul after her firing,polo ralph lauren, overseen by the director Philip William McKinley. In occasional public comments over the last few months she has generally praised the production and said that she continues to support the show. Laura Penn,borse prada,jordan, the union’s executive director,borse gucci prezzi,air jordan, said in an interview this week that Ms. Taymor still felt warmly about the cast and crew.
“I continue to find Julie to be professional,air jordan pas cher, supportive, and serious about the fact that she feels she should be paid for the work, but she is very respectful of all her collaborators and the production,jordan pas cher,” Ms. Penn said.