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Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming Cast in 'Spider-Man' Musical

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Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming Cast in 'Spider-Man' Musical
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Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming have officially been cast in the upcoming Broadway musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. Both actors have worked previously with Spider-Man director Julie Taymor on film (Wood in Across the Universe and Cumming in Titus and the forthcoming The Tempest).

The news follows months of rumors that listed Wood and Cumming as potential cast members, before today's official announcement. Additional casting, including the lead role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, has yet to be announced.

Evan Rachel Wood stars as Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker's girlfriend. Wood is the star of such films as Whatever Works, The Wrestler, Across the Universe, and Thirteen. She recently appeared on stage in Romeo and Juliet at Theatre in the Park in Raleigh, N.C., but Spider-Man will be her New York stage debut.

"Across The Universe was my first opportunity to work with Evan Rachel Wood," Taymor says, "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."

Alan Cumming stars as Norman Osborn (aka the Green Goblin), Spider-Man's arch-nemesis. Cumming won the Tony, Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards for his performance in Cabaret, and his film roles include The Tempest, Titus, X2: X-Men United, and The Anniversary Party.

"I obviously love him as this is my third collaboration with Alan," Taymor says of working with Cumming again. "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."


Previews will begin Feb. 25, 2010 at the Hilton Theatre, with an opening date to be announced. (The opening was originally scheduled for Feb. 18, 2010.)

"We are thrilled that Evan and Alan are onboard and we look forward to announcing further casting, including the webslinger himself, very soon," say producers David Garfinkle and Martin McCallum. They also explained the reason for an opening night schedule change, stating: "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."

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."

Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark is directed by Julie Taymor and written by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger, with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge of U2.

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