Peter Parker/Spider-Man alternate Justin Matthew Sargent has upgraded his position and will now star as the fulltime superhero in the Broadway production of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. Starting September 16, Sargent will replace Reeve Carney who originally played the role. The announcement came September 15 in a special ceremony at the Foxwoods Theatre.
A search for Carney’s replacement originally did not include Sargent. Spider-Man producers Michael Cohl and Jere Harris shared in a statement, “We looked for our new lead in L.A. and New York. During Justin’s rehearsals as the alternate, we realized this is the guy to take over for Reeve. He is one of Broadway’s great rockers.”
Sargent has seen much success since his move to New York. He is best known for his role as Drew in Rock of Ages, but he has also appeared on Broadway in Bonnie & Clyde.
Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark is the tale of young teen Peter Parker whose life dramatically changes after being bitten by a genetically modified spider. This leads to the discovery of superpowers and initial excitement soon turns into a realization that such powers come with a great deal of responsibility as well. Parker must learn to juggle the demands of high school and life at home all while trying to fight against the Green Goblin and his villainous team as they try to destroy New York city and demolish those things he loves, including girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson.
The show features music and lyrics by Grammy Award winners Bono and The Edge. Original direction was provided by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor who also co-wrote a book for the show with Glen Berger and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Additional direction is provided by Philip William McKinley.