PHOTO CALL: Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Welcomes New Green Goblin, Robert Cuccioli
By Matthew Blank
Robert Cuccioli, best known for his Tony Award-nominated turn in the titular dual roles of Jekyll and Hyde, returned to Broadway Aug. 7 in the high-flying musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark.
Cuccioli steps into the roles of Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin at the Foxwoods Theatre. He succeeds Drama Desk nominee Patrick Page, who played his final performance Aug. 5 and will be seen as Comte de Guiche in Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming production of Cyrano De Bergerac.
"There aren't a lot of actors out there who can pull off utterly likable and totally terrifying at the same time, and so we feel extremely lucky that the great Robert Cuccioli has agreed to take on this role," said producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris in an earlier statement.
"Of course, this announcement is bittersweet for all of us, because throughout the extraordinary history of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Patrick Page has been there every step of the way – as a mentor, cheerleader, spokesperson, company leader and consummate performer," added Cohl and Harris. "We are, of course, sorry to see him go, but will all be cheering him on in Cyrano."
Cuccioli, who received the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for his performance in Jekyll & Hyde, made his Broadway debut as Inspector Javert in Les Miserables. His Off-Broadway credits include Temporary Help, Enter The Guardsman, And The World Goes 'Round (1991 Outer Critics Circle Award), Gigi, The Rothschilds, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris and Dietrich & Chevalier. Visit his page at the Playbill Vault.
Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark features music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, direction by Philip Wm. McKinley and a book co-written by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Inspired by over 40 years of Marvel comic books, Spider-Man, according to press notes, "follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down 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 incredible powers soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains put both his physical strength and strength of character to the test."
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