The Broadway production of Spider-Man has suffered another setback.
According to two separate sources who have spoken with Bloomberg News, Daniel Ezralow, choreographer responsible for the musical’s complex flying scenes, has been replaced.
Chase Brock, who is a dancer from Brooklyn, is slated to take Ezralow’s place, said the sources. Brock has choreographed the Encores! restaging of Lost in the Stars which played at the City Center in New York a year ago. He last choreographed for Broadway in 2003 when he worked on the restaging of Wonderful Town. Brock also performed on Broadway when he was in his teens in the restaging of The Music Man.
Ezralow has received accolades for the flying scenes that have approached 40 mph. However, he was closely associated with Julie Taymor, who was ousted as director of Spider-Man just a few weeks ago. Philip William McKinley has taken her place. Ezralow collaborated with Taymor on her movie, Across the Universe which was released in 2007 and her Broadway production The Green Bird, which was staged in 2000.
In addition, Ezralow choreographed several performances for Sting, U2, and David Bowie. The music heard in Spider-Man was composed by Bono and The Edge. The show has turned out to cost the most of any show in Broadway history, coming in at $65 million.
One member of the Spider-Man cast stated to Bloomberg News that Ezralow was “a Julie person” and that “we knew that guy was never coming back.”
Spider-Man is slated to debut on June 14. Previews have been ongoing since November 28.
Ellen Jacobs, representative for both Ezralow and Brock, asked The Hollywood Reporter to speak with Rick Miramontez who is a spokesperson for the musical. THR followed up with Miramontez who stated, “We’re not commenting on this speculation.”