Reeve Carney Flies Out of Spider-Man Sept. 15; New Superhero Will Be Announced at Curtain Call
By Michael Gioia
Reeve Carney, who originated the dual roles of Peter Parker and Spider-Man in Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, takes his final flight with the musical Sept. 15. Following a coast-to-coast audition search, producers will announce the show's newest superhero at the Sept. 15 curtain call.
Two open casting calls, in Los Angeles and New York, were held to find Carney's replacement. The production also used these open calls to find a future Mary Jane.
"If I weren't leaving to play Dorian Gray, I'd stay even longer," said Carney, who has been cast in Showtime's new drama series "Penny Dreadful," to Playbill.com in a recent interview. "I've heard rumors about it going to Los Angeles or Las Vegas. Or maybe I could come back in 10 years and play the Green Goblin. That would be awesome!"
As previously reported, Justin Matthew Sargent, who played Drew in Broadway's Rock of Ages, joined the company of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark as the Peter Parker/Spider-Man Alternate last month. Sargent succeeded Jake Epstein.
Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark features music and lyrics by Grammy Award winners Bono and The Edge and a book co-written by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, with direction by Taymor and additional direction by Philip William McKinley. Scenic designer George Tsypin and costume designer Eiko Ishioka are winners of Outer Critics Circle Awards and were nominated for Tony Awards for their work on Spider-Man.
Here's how the musical is billed: "Peter Parker's ordinary teenage life takes a turn for the extraordinary when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider and suddenly finds himself endowed with incredible superpowers. Parker quickly learns that with great power comes great responsibility as he tries to juggle the demands of high school and home life, while battling the Green Goblin and his band of super villains as they try to take down New York City and destroy everything Peter holds dear – including the beautiful girl-next-door, Mary Jane Watson."
For more information, visit SpiderManOnBroadway.com.
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