Spider-Man Can’t Catch A Break on Broadway

The AP reports that Alan Cumming, slated to play the Green Goblin, has dropped out of the new Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark musical due to “scheduling conflicts.” Considering he thought he’d be doing the part nearly a year before the show now “may” open, this shouldn’t really be a suprise. The show’s original Mary Jane Watson, Evan Rachel Wood, had pulled out of the production back in March. No word yet on who will replace either role.

So far Reeve Carney remains as Peter Parker / Spider-Man for an opening that is still not formaly set, though the target remains sometime in the Fall 2010 Broadway season at the Hilton Theatre.

Spider-Man: Does Whatever Some Guy Named Reeve Can

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Producers of the Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical have cast the title role of Peter Parker / Spider-Man. The lucky guy is Reeve Carney, who is the lead singer in a rock band named “Carney.” Not sure what the inspiration for the band’s name was, but I’m sure there’s a really interesting story behind it. The casting seems strange in light of previous reports the role of Spider-Man was a non-singing one. That is apparently no longer the case, since I doubt you’d cast the lead singer of a band in a role in a musical that did not require any singing.

He joins Evan Rachel Wood (pictured) who is already cast as Mary Jane Watson and Alan Cumming, who plays the villain Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin. Of the two, Alan Cumming has far more genre cred, most notably as Nightcrawler in the second X-men film. So he’s a seasoned veteran of Marvel comics adaptions. Evan Rachel Wood has a couple episodes of True Blood under her belt, that’s about it, unless you count another brief recurring role on a season of Profiler.

The musical, having experienced some delays last August, is still underway at this point, and should be opening in 2010. Check out our Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark Tickets page for current inventory listings.

Spider-Man, Pause the Dark

While the synergies between Broadway and comic book properties seemed like a surefire win (has the HTML5 spec gotten to the /sarcasm tag yet?), news arrives that the production of Spider-Man, Turn off the Dark has been suspended due to financial issues. The issue being that the finances seem to have run out, though the producers, Hello Entertainment, claim this is only temporary.

Work had been going on to modify and renovate the Hilton Theatre in order to stage the show, which will be directed by Julie Taymor of “Lion King” fame. Music is being supplied by Bono and Edge, The, who when not writing Broadway musicals, front the band U2. To date, only Mary Jane (Evan Rachel Wood) and the Green Goblin (Alan Cumming) have been cast, leaving open to speculation who will be playing the title character.

The plot is said to mix elements of the comics and recent highly successful film series helmed by Sam Raimi, as well as adding in some original material- probably the parts where the characters spontaneously break out into song, which I don’t recall happening very often in either the films or the comics.