Julie Taymor sues ‘Spider-Man’ producers

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Taymor’s lawsuit comes less than a week after the Tony Awards Administration Committee ruled that only Taymor will be considered eligible for the show’s Tony for best direction of a musical category. The lawsuit said the awards committee rejected the producer’s contention that McKinley had changed the musical into a “new” production.

Taymor, who also helmed “The Lion King,” is also seeking compensation through the union that represents theater directors. The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society filed an arbitration claim in June against the show’s producers over unpaid royalties.

The legal fights are in contrast to the wide smiles and hugs shared by the creative team, who reunited on opening night on the red carpet and “Spider-Man” stage. In the months since then, Taymor hasn’t spoken at length about the behind-the-scenes turmoil, but has said she is still proud of the show and is not bitter.

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National Writer Jocelyn Noveck and Associated Press writer Larry Neumeister contributed to this report.

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