The actor known for Broadway's Cabaret, The Threepenny Opera and Design for Living has a scheduling conflict and has withdrawn from the music-infused spectacle based on the Marvel Comics superhero. Cumming has been named a regular on the TV series "The Good Wife," which complicates his availability for the development of the Julie Taymor-directed Spider-Man.
Casting and a production schedule for Spider-Man will be announced soon. The original launch date of the show was to be Feb. 25 at the Hilton Theatre.
Actor Reeve Carney is the only performer now confirmed for the production. He'll play Peter Parker, who transforms into a web-slinging crimefighter. Carney is the lead singer of the rock band Carney. His acting credits include Julie Taymor's upcoming film version of "The Tempest" and the film version of the acclaimed novel "Snow Falling on Cedars."
Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award winners Bono and The Edge of U2 with direction by Tony Award-winner Taymor (The Lion King) and a book by Taymor and Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel).
According to producers, "Drawing from over 40 years of Marvel comic books for inspiration, Spider-Man 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."