Reeve Carney, the actor that originated the roles of Spider-Man and Peter Parker in “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” will leave the production in September. Producers have launched a nationwide search for his replacement.
Open casting calls will take place in New York and Los Angeles, and producers say those actors interested in the part “should be males in their late teens to early twenties of any ethnicity and must have a great rock singing voice. They can be nerdy with an understated sex appeal and a good sense of humor.”
Carney will leave the production September 15, and his co-star Rebecca Faulkenberry, also will be leaving the musical. The same open casting calls will be used to fill the Mary Jane character played by Faulkenberry, and producers say those interested “should be females in their late teens to early twenties of any ethnicity. Ideal candidates will be ‘beautiful girl next door’ types with strong pop/rock singing voices.”
The L.A. casting call will be held at the Hollywood United Methodist Church on August 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The New York casting will take place at Stage 48 & Sky Lounge on August 19, also from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In additional news about the musical, it was recently announced that a tell-all book about the production will be released later this year. “The Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History” is written by the musical’s co-scriptwriter Glen Berger, who was brought on by director Julie Taymor to help write the book. Taymor later had a falling out with Berger (as well as many other members of the creative team), and she was later fired from the show. That firing eventually resulted in a lawsuit.
Exactly what’s in the book will has not been disclosed, but it seem likely that Berger will discuss the Taymor situation, as well as other highly publicized events about the creation of the musical.