Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark: Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming to star



It is now confirmed that Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming will star in Spider-man, Turn Off The Dark on Broadway, with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, written by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger, directed by Julie Taymor and choreographed by Daniel Ezralow.

Spider-man, Turn Off The Dark will now begin preview performances on 25 Feb 2010 at the Hilton Theatre with a new official opening date to be announced shortly. (Originally previews were announced to begin on 16 Jan 2010, with the opening set for 18 Feb 2010).

Evan Rachel Wood stars as 'Mary Jane Watson,' Peter Parker�s girlfriend. Evan�s film credits include 'Whatever Works,' 'Across The Universe' (directed by Julie Taymor), 'The Wrestler,' 'Little Secrets,' 'Thirteen' (Golden Globe nom) and 'Running With Scissors.' She recently received the Young Hollywood Superstar Award. Her television appearances include 'Once and Again' (Young Artist Award � Best Ensemble in a TV Series) and 'American Gothic.' She recently appeared on stage in Romeo and Juliet at Theatre in the Park in Raleigh, NC. Spider-man, Turn Off The Dark marks her New York stage debut.

Director Julie Taymor says �Across The Universe was my first opportunity to work with Evan Rachel Wood-- 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 Green Goblin), Spider-Man�s most notorious nemesis. Alan won the Tony Award for his performance in 'Cabaret.' Other Broadway credits include 'The Threepenny Opera' and 'Design For Living.' His films include the soon-to-be-released 'The Tempest' (directed by Julie Taymor), 'Titus' (also directed by Julie Taymor), 'X2: X-Men United,' 'Sweet Land' (Independent Spirit Award), 'The Spy Kids Trilogy,' 'Eyes Wide Shut' and 'The Anniversary Party,' which he wrote and directed. His London stage appearances include 'Hamlet,' 'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' (Olivier Award), 'Bent' and 'The Bacchae.' He was recently made an O.B.E. in the Queen�s Birthday Honors List.

Julie Taymor said of Cumming. �I obviously love him as this is my third collaboration with Alan � 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.�

Drawing from over forty 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 design team for Spider-man includes George Tsypin (Sets), Eiko Ishioka (Costumes), Donald Holde (Lighting) and Jonathan Deans (Sound).

Spider-man is produced on Broadway by Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Martin McCallum, Marvel Entertainment/David Maisel, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Jeremiah Harris.

Tickets for Spider-man go on sale to the general public on 12 Sep 2009.