SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark – Cast Completed, Rehearsals Have Started –
Bono, The Edge, Julie Taymor, Glen Berger lead the way!
It’s now $50 million dollars later with new lead producer Michael Cohl (www.imdb.com/name/nm0169869/ ) at the helm and what looked like the grand Broadway illusion is actually going to begin previews on November 14th at the old Hilton Theatre, gutted, renovated and renamed Foxwoods Theatre (213 West 42nd Street) in NYC with a scheduled opening date of December 21st. Spider-Man has begun rehearsals.
It’s been a long, hard road as producers have changed and the long awaited biggest Broadway dollar event in history becomes a reality. Based on the 40 year Marvel Comic Book (www.marvel.com/comics/ ) tale, the stars include Reeve Carney (http://www.carneyband.com ) as the mythic superhero comic character Peter Parker, who we can’t wait to see clinging to whatever he touches, with Jennifer Damiano as his crush Mary Jane Watson. Patrick Page (www.patrickpageonline.com ) will don the Green Goblin costume and America Olivo’s (www.americaolivio.com ) claws are sharpening as the Black Cat.
Other cast members include: Natalie Mendoza, Michael Mulheren, Ken Marks, Isabel Keating, Jeb Brown, T.V. Carpio, Mat Devine, Gideon Glick, Jonathan Schwartz, Matthew James Thomas, Laura Beth Wells, Matt Caplan, Dwayne Clark, Luther Creek, Gerald Avery, Collin Baja, Marcus Bellamy, Emmanuel Brown, Erin Elliott, Dana Marie Ingraham, Ayo Janeen Jackson, Heather Lang, Ari Loeb, Natalie Lomonte, Kevin Loomis, Kristin Martin, Jodi McFadden, Kristen Oei, Jennifer Perry, Kyle Post, Brandon Rubendall, Sean Samuels, Dollar Tan and Christopher Tierney.
We await with the proverbial baited breath to see, what I’m told, is a big set of the Brooklyn Bridge and a huge Green Goblin with his tongue sticking out; a gigantic diving board-like thing that comes from the floor of the stage and goes out into the audience that is a launching pad for the characters who will be flying all over the theater and landing in the orchestra. Orchestra people – beware because it looks like you’re going to be in the show! There are 19 scenes in Act 1 and 16 in Act 2. There are 40 different set changes.
The Lion King’s Julie Taymor (www.imdb.com/name/nm0853380/ )will direct based on the book by Ms. Taymor and Glen Berger. (www.newdramatists.org/glen_berger.htm ) The music is provided by U2’s Bono (www.atu2.com/band/bono/) and The Edge.