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'Spider-Man' Casting Continues

Spider-Man Today on BackStage.com, we've posted a new casting notice for the upcoming Broadway production of the big-budget Spider-Man musical. Casting news for this show has been pretty quiet for a while after Telsey + Company held auditions last summer and fall, followed by chorus calls in December.

It seems producers are still looking for their heroes and villains, though, so this could be your last chance to weave your web on Broadway. Equity principal auditions will be held March 4 in NYC. Read an excerpt from the complete Spider-Man casting notice below.

Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Martin McCallum, Marvel Entertainment, David Maisel, and Sony Pictures Entertainment (prods.) are casting the Broadway production of Spider-Man. Bono and The Edge of U2, music & lyrics; Julie Taymor & Glen Berger, book; Julie Taymor, dir.; Teese Gohl, music supervisor. Rehearsal and opening dates TBA.
Seeking—Principal Female: 25-35, any ethnicity, rock voice, think Sinead O’Connor with a Middle Eastern/Bulgarian/Greek twist, world music background and foreign accents acceptable; Norman Osborn/Green Goblin: male, 40s-50s, strong comedic chops and strong character singing voice with range required, Osborn is an inspiring and charismatic scientist, and the Green Goblin is an amoral, terrifying mutant with a cutting, mocking streak of humor; Three Teenage Boys and One Teenage Girl: any ethnicity, comedic chops and rock singing voices, principal roles. Note: The following roles have been offered, but have not yet been accepted—Peter Parker: male, 16-20s, great rock voice, can be nerdy with understated sex appeal, good sense of humor; Mary Jane: 16-20s, beautiful girl next door, strong singing voice; J. Jonah Jameson: male, 50s, cigar-chomping, tyrannical publisher of the “Daily Bugle,” strong comedic chops required.

Spider-Man is being directed by Julie Taymor (The Lion King), with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge of U2. Actors Equity notes in the casting notice that the roles of Peter Parker (Spider-Man himself), love interest Mary Jane Watson, and Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson have been offered to unnamed actors, but that those offers have not yet been accepted.

Actress Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler) has been telling reporters for a couple of months that she's already been cast as Mary Jane -- but if so, why hasn't she officially "accepted" the role, as this casting notice seems to suggest? Jim Sturgess (who starred opposite Wood in Julie Taymor's Across the Universe) has long been rumored for the lead role of Peter Parker, but that has yet to be confirmed.

While new casting info has just been released, Bloomberg reports today that the rehearsals and opening date for Spider-Man have been pushed back. The $31 million musical (the most expensive show ever produced on Broadway) will have a workshop in the late summer and begin rehearsals in the late fall for a Broadway opening at the Hilton Theater likely in early 2010, according to an unnamed source. (Rehearsals were originally scheduled to begin this spring.)

Delays reportedly have more to do with creative decisions from Taymor than budget issues in the worsening economy. Besides, this isn't the first time the production has reported delays or problems since its inception. Read the full story at Bloomberg.com.

Don't forget to check out the Back Stage casting notice for Spider-Man online, or look for it in next week's issue of Back Stage. That is, unless the impending release of the highly anticipated Watchmen movie has made you forget all about your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man...

-- Daniel Lehman

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Well this is one thing that we should look forward to.

The role of Mary jane and Spiderman won't be "accepted" until the agents work out the deal. It's just a legal thing.

Jm Sturgess isn't doing it...some other guy...unknown, but NOT one of the lame auditionees on the internet.

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