Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman Revealed
The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
Guardians Of The Galaxy Review
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: 6 Issues For £15!
Subscribe today and save 37% off the cover price!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Paul Greengrass Introduces Agent Storm
Al-Qaeda thriller for Captain Phillips team
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
23 July 2014
Anthony Hopkins And Evan Rachel Wood Head To Westworld
Joining HBO and Jonah Nolan's killer robot pilot
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
London Fields
31 December 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Muscle Shoals (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Any Day Now (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Cloud Atlas (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Ides Of March (2011)
Empire Star Rating
One Day (2011)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Reeve Carney Is The New Spider-Man!
In the Broadway musical, that is...

09 November 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

After months of speculation, delays due to financial constraints and good old-fashioned suspense, the identity of the guy playing your friendly neighbourhood wotsit in the Broadway musical, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark can be revealed. And it’s… Reeve Carney.

Now, your first instinct may be to ask, ‘who the HELL is Reeve Carney?!?’ You may even want to throw in a few more exclamation and question marks, just to underline your bafflement, ie ‘who the HELL is Reeve Carney?!?!?!!!???’ And, dear readers, you wouldn’t be alone in that. Handily, Empire looked him up on this here internets machine.

He is, apparently, the lead singer in an up-and-coming rock band called, well, Carney. He is 26 years old. He has, if the 30-second clip we listened to of his new single, Love Me Chase Me, is anything to go by (hey, we said we looked him up, but we’re not Woodward and Bernstein), he’s got a fairly high-pitched, dexterous, rock voice. And he’s acted before, in Snow Falling On Cedars and, perhaps more tellingly, The Tempest, Julie Taymor’s movie version of the William Shakespeare play.

Taymor, of course, is the director of the hugely ambitious Spider-Man musical, which will boast lyrics and music written by Bono and The Edge. They were kind enough to say the following about Carney: "Our ambition was to find a Peter Parker who could really act and sing, but who still brings a kind of performance that could be new to Broadway audiences. We wanted something a little more authentically rock and roll. Reeve is everything we could have hoped for: an amazing voice and a truly charismatic presence."

Nice. But if you haven’t been keeping track, the cost of the musical – rumoured to be around the $40 million mark and rising – has delayed it beyond its initial opening date of February 2010.

It’s now just listed as ‘2010’. Empire wonders if all the scheduling mishaps were responsible for the absence of Jim Sturgess from the lead role. Sturgess had been heavily linked with the musical, even attending an early run-through of those U2-tastic songs, but the constant delays might have forced him to look elsewhere.

The selection of Carney, though, along with the appointment of Michael Cohl as lead producer, would seem to indicate that the show is getting back on track. Previously-announced cast members Evan Rachel Wood (as Mary-Jane Watson) and Alan Cumming (as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin) remain on board. Whatever happens, Taymor has such a brilliant track record that we’re still hugely excited about this.
 


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

US Box Office Visited By Three Ghosts...
A Christmas Carol takes the top spot
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

Nightmare!
You know, i really hope that when i wake in the morning that this all transpires to be a horrible nightmare...but I know deep in my soul that it really isn't. Dear Lord....A Spiderman Musical. It was bad enough that Peter Parker felt it perfectly acceptable to have a "Jazz Off" dance in that crazy bar where Mary J sings but really...Do we have to bring it to broadway. That 10 minute scene was vomit inducing so a whole musical! No thanks, not for me! More

Posted by Keepy85 at 12:58 on 11 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Doomed to failure?
Stan Lee very effectively took the piss out of the concept of a Spider-Man musical way back in 1963 (Amazing Spider-Man# 14) Which really tells you all you need to know about this project. More

Posted by Fit Kisto at 19:53 on 09 November 2009 | Report This Post

Doomed to failure?
What is the point in getting excited about this? It's in another country, and even if I could get there the tickets will be vastly over-priced, like most of these shows. Can they just hurry up and turn it into a movie instead? More

Posted by trouserpress at 14:25 on 09 November 2009 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Covers Are Here
Bard The Bowman or Smaug The Magnificent?

A Pocket Guide To Game Of Thrones’ New Cast Members
Know your Doran Martell from your Nym Sand

Directors Special: Peter Hyams Goes Film-By-Film
The veteran director on Timecop, Outland, 2010, Enemies Closer and more

Explore The Massive Avengers: Age Of Ultron Comic-Con Banner
Use our interactive gadget to zoom in on Hulk, Iron Man, The Vision and co. in action

The 10 Biggest Stories Of Comic-Con 2014
The shocks to emerge from this year's geek-fest. Avengers! Max! Mann!

Models Inc.: The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
How the likes of Batman, Superman and Luke Skywalker become collectible figures

The Empire Podcast #121: Brett Ratner Talks Hercules On This Week's Show
Plus The Purge: Anarchy producer Jason Blum pops in to talk horror

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)