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Spider-Man Gets Cold Shoulder from Tonys

Spider-Man Gets Cold Shoulder from Tonys

Originally posted 05/01/2012 09:40AM

Broadway's biggest night – the 66th annual Tony Awards – may be 40 days away, but the celebrating has already kicked in, especially for a modest new musical called Once, a love story set in Ireland that scored the most nominations of any show this year: 11, including best musical.

Not celebrating: the much-maligned Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which, despite an expenditure of $70 million, scads of publicity and the music of U2's Bono and the Edge, landed with only two nominations, for costume and scenic design.

Faring better after the nominations were announced Tuesday morning – by a chipper Kristin Chenoweth and a droll star Jim Parsons, who is about to star in a Broadway revival of the comedy Harvey – were such nominees as Andrew Garfield, Cynthia Nixon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Stockard Channing, Linda Lavin, John Lithgow and Frank Langella.

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Does Broadway's Spider-Man Need Superman?

UpdatePosted 12/22/2010 05:30PM

Does Broadway's Spider-Man Need Superman?

Originally posted 12/22/2010 10:00AM

Producers announced late Wednesday afternoon that the evening's scheduled reopening of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark at the Foxwoods Theatre would not take place, the latest setback to the troubled production. This week, a fourth actor was injured while performing in the show, shutting down the production Tuesday night and the Wednesday matinee. It was to re-open Wednesday night, but its future may now be in jeopardy.

Christopher Tierney, 31, the show's top aerial stuntman, is recovering at Bellevue Hospital from broken ribs and internal bleeding after his harness failed and he fell 30 feet into the orchestra pit during Monday night's performance, reports the New York Post.

Tierney is expected to recover. But local, state and federal officials are investigating the working conditions at the show, and several big names in the theater community have angrily called for the reputedly $65 million production, directed by The Lion King's Julie Taymor and with music by Bono, to be permanently shut down.

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Broadway's Spider-Man to Hold Open Audition

Broadway's Spider-Man to Hold Open Audition

Originally posted 07/15/2008 02:00PM

Always longed for a chance to make like Tobey Maguire? Or, a song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman? Here's your chance.

The creators of the upcoming Broadway musical Spider-Man – who include Lion King director Julie Taymor and the show's composer, Bono – are holding an open casting call for the leading roles of Peter Parker (Maguire in the movie franchise) and Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst).

For the stage version, the Parker role is described as "male, 16-20s, great Rock voice, can be nerdy with understated sex appeal, good sense of humor," according to the casting agency.

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Filed Under: Spider-Man, Bono

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