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The groups Broadway Impact and American Foundation for Equal Rights say Jamie Lee Curtis, Martin Sheen, Yeardley Smith, George Takei, Matt Bomer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and several others will perform.

The play is based on the trial transcript and interviews from 2010’s court fight over California’s gay-marriage ban, Proposition 8. It will be performed as a reading at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre one night only, March 3.

The play made its world premiere on Broadway last year starring Morgan Freeman, Anthony Edwards, John Lithgow and Cheyenne Jackson. More than 40 readings are scheduled in more than 17 states.

‘Spider-Man’ producers file countersuit against director

Producers of Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” have fired back in their legal fight with one-time director Julie Taymor, claiming the woman whom they once called a visionary later failed to fulfill her legal obligations, wrote a “disjointed” and “hallucinogenic” musical and refused to collaborate on changes when the $75-million show was in trouble.

In a countersuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Ms. Taymor and her company, LOH Inc., the producers argued that the show “is a success despite Taymor, not because of her.”

The lawsuit, which quotes from several private emails from members of the creative team, further exposes the deep rift that has opened between former collaborators who seemed to have reconciled — at least through forced smiles — on the red carpet this summer when the musical finally officially opened.

Ms. Taymor, who had been the original “Spider-Man” director and book co-writer, was fired from the musical in March after years of delays, accidents and critical backlash. The show opened in November 2010 but spent months in previews before officially opening a few days after the Tony Awards in June.

In November, the Tony Award-winning director slapped the producers — led by Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris — as well as Glen Berger, her former book co-writer, with a copyright-infringement lawsuit, alleging they violated her creative rights and haven’t compensated her for the work she put into Broadway’s most expensive musical.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports

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