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Former SAU Guest Director Takes Over Broadway Show

Phil McKinley

April 2011


Recently, Phil McKinley, a close friend of the SAU Theatre Department, was in talks to possibly direct next season's original The Plagiarists, written by Aaron Randolph III '12. However, this is not the only commitment McKinley has made recently.

McKinley graciously and excitedly decided to take over the problem-plagued Broadway show, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The opening of the show has been postponed numerous times due to many technical difficulties, but especially injured actors. The show is full of tricky and dangerous stunts and special effects that have not been running too smoothly.

The original director, Julie Taymor, decided to give up the show when she started to question whether or not she would be able to thoroughly prepare the show for its summer opening. McKinley decided to take over, and the rest of the creative team could not be more excited. Producers determined that McKinley is exactly what the show needed. McKinley has worked on many other tech-heavy shows, including the Barnum and Bailey Circus!

McKinley directed SAU's Crème de Coco in Spring 2007, and while on campus, directed a master class. McKinley's presence in the SAU Theatre Department has provided phenomenal experiences for many students, and we know he will do the same for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. We are very excited at the possibility of having this exceptional director to be a part of our season next year!

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