Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark Will Not Begin Previews in February

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and Kenneth Jones
11 Jan 2010

Although the musical's official website and various billboards still state that Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark is scheduled to begin previews Feb. 25, that will not happen, according to Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, who will play the Green Goblin in the eagerly awaited new work.



Cumming told The New York Times at a Jan. 9 TimesTalk event, "No one's going to be there that day. We're just waiting."

Although the former Cabaret star said that it has been "a really weird, frustrating thing to be waiting," he added that he does expect the production to be a "new, very exciting experience" for theatregoers.

The last official announcement about Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark came Nov. 5 when it was revealed that both new producing partners were on board and Reeve Carney had been announced to play the title role. At that time the following was confirmed:

  • Michael Cohl has joined the production as lead producer on the show. Jeremiah J. Harris is now second producer on the show. The full producing team for the project is Michael Cohl, Jeremiah J. Harris, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Marvel Entertainment/David Maisel, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

  • Full financing for Spider-Man is expected to be in place shortly. Once this happens the show will resume full production.

  • The show will open in 2010 at the Hilton Theatre in New York.

    Michael Cohl stated, "Having started early on with Spider-Man and now taking on the lead producing role is extremely exciting and a welcome challenge. Knowing the details and intricacies of this wildly ambitious project, I want to 'turn off the dark' on all the wild speculation about the show — it's moving forward!"

    Spider-Man director Julie Taymor stated, "With a team that includes Bono, Edge and Glen Berger, there was never a question in my mind that Spider-Man would happen — it was just a matter of when. I am delighted that Michael Cohl is making this a reality."

    After "an exhaustive search that included a casting call tour spanning six cities and thousands of candidates," the producers and creative team chose Reeve Carney to play the role of Peter Parker, The Amazing Spider-Man. Carney joins previously announced cast members Evan Rachel Wood as Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker’s girlfriend and Alan Cumming as Norman Osborn (aka Green Goblin).

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    According to produces, "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."

    The show features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award winners Bono and The Edge of U2 with direction by Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor (The Lion King). Spider-Man is written by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel).