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Spider-Man: Katrina Lenk to play Arachne
Katrina Lenk joins the cast of Broadway’s Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark, in the role of 'Arachne' on 29 May 2012. She assumes the role from Christina Sajous, who played her final performance on 27 May 2012.
Lenk's understudied the roles of 'Kate Keller' and 'Annie Sullivan' in the 2010 Broadway revival of 'The Miracle Worker.' Regional credits include starring in the World Premiere of 'Lost Land' at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and the American Premiere of 'iWitness' at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. TV credits include "Will & Grace," "Jamie Kennedy Experiment," "Studio House" and "According to Jim."
Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark opened at the Foxwoods Theatre on 14 Jun 2011, following previews from 28 Nov 2010, where it is currently booking through to 16 Dec 2012.
Drawing from more than 40 years of Marvel comic books for inspiration, Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark 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, Turn Off The Dark features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award-winners Bono and The Edge of U2, and a book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger ('Underneath The Lintel').
Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark currently stars Reeve Carney as ‘Peter Parker/Spider-Man,’ Rebecca Faulkenberry as ‘Mary Jane Watson’ and Patrick Page as ‘Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin.'
The principal cast also features Christina Sajous (Arachne), Michael Mulheren (J. Jonah Jameson), Ken Marks (Uncle Ben), Isabel Keating (Aunt May), Laura Beth Wells (Emily Osborn), Matt Caplan (Flash), Dwayne Clark (Boyle/Busker) and Luther Creek (Kong).
The creative team includes Daniel Ezralow (Choreography), George Tsypin (Scenic Design), Academy Award-winner Eiko Ishioka (Costume Design), Tony Award-winner Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Jonathan Deans (Sound Design), Kyle Cooper (Projection Design) and Julie Taymor (Mask Design).
Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark is being produced on Broadway by Michael Cohl, Jeremiah J. Harris, Land Line Productions, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Billy and Fernando Rovzar Diez Barroso, Jeffrey B. Hecktman, Omneity Entertainment/Richard G. Weinberg, Nederlander Organization/James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, S2BN Entertainment, Jam Theatricals, the Mayerson/Gould/Hauser/Tysoe Group, and Patricia Lambrecht, by association with Marvel Entertainment.
Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark previewed for an unprecedented seven months as the original creative team struggled to finalise the production.
Eventually, the musical's director and co-book writer, Julie Taymor, give up controll of day-to-day duties in Mar 2011, and Philip William McKinley was appointed as creative consultant/director. With the aid of Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and choreographer Chase Brock, who were also added to the creative team at this time, new staging, book rewrites and additional choreography was introduced to the show. The musical then went into hiatus for three weeks, from 19 Apr - 12 May 2011, while the new version went through final rehearsals in preparation for opening night on 14 Jun 2011.
The press release announcing the re-worked production read, "The revamping of Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark represents an unprecedented and historic moment on Broadway. The new version takes the best aspects of the original, adds great new songs by Bono and The Edge, tells the story from a different angle, and will offer an even more thrilling audience experience."