Will Patrick Page Go Green for Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark?
By Andrew Gans
Patrick Page, who was a hit as the grumpy hermit whose heart is "two sizes too small" in Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! – The Musical, may again don green make-up, this time in Julie Taymor's Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark.
The New York Post reports that Page has been offered the role of the Green Goblin, the part originally accepted by Alan Cumming, who withdrew from the production because of casting conflicts with his new CBS series "The Good Wife."
The New York Daily also reports that rehearsals for the much-in-the-news musical will begin this summer followed by October previews and a November 2010 opening.
Patrick Page's other Broadway credits include Decius Brutus opposite Denzel Washington in Broadway's Julius Caesar and over a thousand performances as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast as well as The Lion King, The Kentucky Cycle and A Man for All Seasons. Page is also an active classical actor, who won Washington, D.C.'s Helen Hayes Award for playing Iago opposite Avery Brooks' Othello The Shakespeare Theatre Company, where he also played Macbeth opposite Kelly McGillis. Page is married to actress and former "Trading Spaces" host Paige Davis.
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."
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