Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming Cast in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark

News   Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming Cast in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Initial casting has been announced for the new musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, which will now begin previews at Broadway's Hilton Theatre Feb. 25, 2010, more than a month later than originally reported (Jan. 16, 2010). A new opening date will be announced shortly.
Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming
Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming

Evan Rachel Wood will play Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker's girlfriend, and Tony winner Alan Cumming will star as Norman Osborn (aka Green Goblin), Spider-Man's most notorious nemesis.

The Lion King's Julie Taymor directs.

About the casting of Wood and Cumming, Taymor said in a statement, "'Across The Universe' was my first opportunity to work with Evan Rachel Wood — and it was a sublime experience. Evan is unique: she is a young actress with incredible depth for both serious and comic drama in films and theater, and on top of that, she has an extraordinary lyrical voice. We are thrilled to have her as our Mary Jane. . . . I obviously love him as this is my third collaboration with Alan – and finally we get to do it on stage. He has such range and such charisma as a performer that I feel confident his Green Goblin will bring many surprises that will move and entertain us."

Additional casting will be announced at a later time.

Producers David Garfinkle and Martin McCallum added, "We are thrilled that Evan and Alan are onboard and we look forward to announcing further casting, including the webslinger himself, very soon. . . .The process of obtaining all the necessary state and city building permits, and landmark approvals to prepare the Hilton Theatre for a production the size and scope of Spider-Man has taken longer than anyone expected, but we now have everything that is required to bring this visually powerful show to Broadway next spring." Ticket buyers who have already purchased tickets to the new musical will "be given priority access to seats of equal value at a later performance and they are being contacted to arrange exchanges or refunds," according to press notes.

Evan Rachel Wood has been seen on screen in "The Wrestler," "Running with Scissors," "The Life Before Her Eyes," "Across the Universe," "Down in the Valley," "Once and Again," "Profiler" and "American Gothic," among others.

Alan Cumming received the Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as The Emcee in Cabaret. He has also been seen on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera and Design for Living. London theatre credits include Bent, The Bacchae, Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse (for which he won the TMA Best Actor Award), Cabaret, La Bete (Olivier Award nomination), Elle, Conquest of the South Pole (Olivier nomination) and The Accidental Death of an Anarchist at The Royal National Theatre, for which he received an Olivier Award for his performance. Cumming's screen credits include "X2: X-Men United," "Eyes Wide Shut," "Goldeneye," "Emma," "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," the "Spy Kids" trilogy, "Nicholas Nickleby," "Titus" and "Urbania."

Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark features music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge and a book by Taymor and Glen Berger.

Drawing from over 40 years of Marvel comic books, Spider-Man, according to press notes, "spins a new take on the mythic tale of a young man propelled from a modest rowhouse in Queens to the sky-scraping spire of the Chrysler Building, the bustling offices of the Daily Bugle, through the dizzying canyons of Manhattan, to new vistas never before seen. The musical follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down — literally — when he's bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek — suddenly endowed with astonishing powers — soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains test not only his physical strength but also his strength of character. Spider-Man's battles will hurtle the audience through an origin story both recognizable and unexpected — yielding new characters as well as familiar faces — until a final surprising confrontation casts a startling new light on this hero's journey."

The creative team also includes choreographer Daniel Ezralow ("Across the Universe," The Green Bird), set designer George Tsypin (The Magic Flute, The Little Mermaid), costume designer Eiko Ishioka (Academy Award for "Bram Stoker's Dracula," Tony nomination for M. Butterfly), lighting designer Donald Holder (Tony Awards for The Lion King, South Pacific), sound designer Jonathan Deans (Fosse Young Frankenstein, Ragtime) and musical supervisor Teese Gohl ("Across the Universe," "Frida").

The musical will be produced on Broadway by Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Martin McCallum, Marvel Entertainment/David Maisel, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Jeremiah Harris. It will be produced in association with Omneity Entertainment/Richard Weinberg, the Mayerson/Gould/Hauser/Tysoe Group, Patricia Lambrecht and Jam Theatricals/S2BN Entertainment.

Interested theatregoers, who possess an AmEx card, can call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. (A previous ticket initiative allowed fans of Marvel Comics and the band U2, among others, to purchase tickets to the new musical via special websites and codes.)

Tickets will go on sale to the general public Sept. 12.

Group tickets are also now on sale by calling (800) Broadway.

The Hilton Theatre is located in Manhattan at 213 West 42nd Street.

For more information visit www.SpidermanOnBroadway.com.