The latest rumor about Broadway tuner “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” to hit Gotham: Choreographer Daniel Ezralow is exiting the show, with Chase Brock said to be among those with the potential to replace him.
Reps for the production had no comment on the speculation. But really, it would be more surprising if Ezralow stayed than if he went.
The choreographer is a frequent collaborator with director Julie Taymor, in film (“Across the Universe”), theater (“The Green Bird”) and opera (“The Flying Dutchman”). Taymor, as most at this point know, recently stepped aside from her helming duties on “Spider-Man,” to be replaced by Philip William McKinley.
Changes also are afoot for her work on the book, co-written with Glenn Berger. Comicbook scribe and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has been brought aboard to doctor the script.
In this context, it would seem unusual for Ezralow, a creative closely tied to Taymor’s conception of the show, to stick around.
The rumored replacement for Ezralow, young choreographer Brock, oversaw the musical staging for the Encores! production of “Lost in the Stars” earlier this year. He also provided the dance moves for Wii vidgame “Dance on Broadway.”
Currently pulling in robust grosses in preview perfs, “Spider-Man” is skedded to shut down for three weeks beginning next month to allow for creative retooling. Oft-delayed opening of “Spider-Man” is now set for June 14.