“Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark” Tickets Go On Sale to the General Public This Sunday
FOR RELEASE ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010
“SPIDER–MAN Turn Off The Dark”
TICKETS GO ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC
New York, NY – Lead producer Michael Cohl announced today that tickets to SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark will go on sale to the general public beginning this Sunday, September 12 at 9:00 a.m., and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (877) 250-2929. Tickets will be available at the box office beginning Monday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. (Beginning Monday, the box office is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.)
To celebrate the launch of SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark, star Reeve Carney and his band CARNEY performed the World Broadcast Premiere of a song from the show, “Boy Falls From The Sky,” with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark will begin performances at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre (213 West 42nd Street) on Sunday, November 14, with Opening Night set for Tuesday, December 21.
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark represents the consummate collaboration of cultures by joining the theatrical and cinematic vision of Julie Taymor with the thrilling musicality of Bono and The Edge, and the iconic Spider-Man brand. This project has allowed these artists to create a work specifically designed for a theater environment, one that can’t be produced as a stadium show, and is the natural evolution of three remarkable careers. SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark promises to be the most ambitious production ever undertaken on Broadway.
Featuring music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy® Award-winners Bono and The Edge, direction by Tony® Award-winner Julie Taymor (The Tempest, Across The Universe, The Lion King), a book co-written by Taymor and Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel) and one of the most iconic title characters of all time, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark finds astonishingly fresh ways to tell a story inspired by over forty years of Marvel comic books. The show follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down, literally, when he's bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek suddenly endowed with incredible powers soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains put both his physical strength and strength of character to the test. Forget everything you think you know about Broadway; SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark will hurtle the audience through a thrilling experience in ways never-before-dreamed-possible in live theater.
Currently in rehearsal, the complete cast of SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark includes Reeve Carney as ‘Peter Parker/Spider-Man,’ Tony® Award nominee Jennifer Damiano as ‘Mary Jane Watson,’ Natalie Mendoza, Patrick Page as ‘Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin,’ Michael Mulheren, Ken Marks, Isabel Keating, Jeb Brown, T.V. Carpio, Mat Devine, Gideon Glick, Jonathan Schwartz, Matthew James Thomas, Laura Beth Wells, Matt Caplan, Dwayne Clark, Luther Creek, Gerald Avery, Collin Baja, Marcus Bellamy, Emmanuel Brown, Erin Elliott, Craig Henningsen, Dana Marie Ingraham, Ayo Janeen Jackson, Heather Lang, Ari Loeb, Natalie Lomonte, Kevin Loomis, Kristin Martin, Jodi McFadden, Kristen Oei, America Olivo, Jennifer Perry, Kyle Post, Brandon Rubendall, Sean Samuels, Dollar Tan, and Christopher Tierney.
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark includes choreography by Daniel Ezralow (Across The Universe), scenic design by George Tsypin (Julie Taymor’s Die Zauberflöte), costume design by Academy Award®-winner Eiko Ishioka (Dracula), lighting design by Tony® Award-winner Donald Holder, sound design by Jonathan Deans, projection design by Kyle Cooper (Across The Universe), mask design by Julie Taymor, hair design by Campbell Young Associates, make-up design by Judy Chin, aerial design by Scott Rogers (Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3), aerial rigging design by Jaque Paquin (Cirque du Soleil), orchestrations and arrangements by David Campbell, musical supervision by Teese Gohl, and music direction by Kimberly Grigsby. Casting is by Telsey + Co.
Tickets are priced from $67.50 – $135 for weekday performances and $67.50 – $140 for weekend performances.
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark is produced by Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris, Land Line Productions, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Norton Herrick and Herrick Entertainment, Billy Rovzar and Fernando Rovzar, Jeffrey B. Hecktman, Omneity Entertainment/Richard G. Weinberg, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, S2BN Entertainment, Jam Theatricals, The Mayerson/Gould/Hauser/Tysoe Group, and Patricia Lambrecht, By Special Arrangement with Marvel Entertainment.
Julie Taymor (Co-Book Writer, Director). In 1998, Taymor became the first woman to win the Tony® Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and also won a Tony® for Best Costumes for her groundbreaking production of The Lion King. The musical has won three Molière Awards including Best Musical and Best Costumes, garnered Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards for Taymor’s direction, and myriad awards for her original costume, mask and puppet designs. Taymor made her Broadway debut in 1996 with Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass, nominated for five Tony® Awards. Other theatre work includes The Green Bird, Titus Andronicus, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, The Transposed Heads and Liberty’s Taken. Taymor’s feature film directorial debut, Titus, starred Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange and Alan Cumming. In 2002, her biographical film Frida, starring Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina, earned six Academy Award® nominations, winning two. She took on the music of the Beatles, and earned a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, in Across the Universe. Julie’s next film, The Tempest, will have its North American premiere at the 48th New York Film Festival in October 2010, following a world premiere at the 67th Venice International Film Festival. Taymor’s visually exhilarating adaptation of the William Shakespeare play features an all-star cast including Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Djimon Hounsou and Alfred Molina, and will be released by Touchstone Pictures on December 10. Beyond the theatre and screen, Taymor has directed five operas internationally including Oedipus Rex with Jessye Norman, for which she earned the International Classical Music Award for Best Opera Production. A subsequent film version premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won her an Emmy® award. Taymor also directed Salomé, The Flying Dutchman, Die Zauberflöte (which has been in repertory at The Met for six years), The Magic Flute (the abridged English version of Die Zauberflöte, which inaugurated a new PBS series entitled “Great Performances at The Met”) and Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel. Taymor is a 1991 recipient of the MacArthur “genius” Fellowship.
Bono (Music & Lyrics). The lead singer of U2, Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Dublin. He met The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton at school, and in 1978 U2 was formed. Acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world, U2 have sold over 170 million albums and won numerous awards, including 22 Grammys®. Bono and The Edge have also received 4 Golden Globe® nominations including a win for “The Hands that Built America” from Gangs of New York, which was also nominated for an Academy Award®, Best Original Song. In their first year of eligibility, U2 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bono is a long-time activist in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa. He has received a number of awards, including the Legion D'Honneur in 2003, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2005 (alongside Bill & Melinda Gates), and an honorary British knighthood in 2007. Bono lives in Dublin with his wife and children.
The Edge (Music & Lyrics). Guitarist with U2, The Edge was born David Howell Evans in east London. A year later, he and his family moved to Malahide, Co. Dublin, where he attended Mount Temple School and met Larry Mullen, Bono, and Adam Clayton. In 1978 U2 was formed. Described as one of the most influential guitar players of his generation, Edge's crystalline minimalist guitar playing is the hallmark of U2's music, and one of the most original and distinctive guitar styles in rock and roll history. Acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world, U2 have toured the globe countless times, have released 14 studio albums and won numerous awards, including 22 Grammys®. One of the principle songwriters of U2, The Edge has also written extensively for other projects, often in collaboration with Bono, including music for movies (Captive, Gangs of New York and GoldenEye); for animation (The “Batman” TV series); and for the stage (A Clockwork Orange by the Royal Shakespeare Company). Marked out by their politics from the beginning, U2 were awarded Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2006. In 2005, The Edge co-founded Music Rising, a charity initiative which provides musical instruments for the musicians, schools and churches of the Gulf Region. The Edge lives in Dublin with his wife and children.
Glen Berger (Co-Book Writer). Glen Berger’s plays include Underneath The Lintel (over 450 performances Off-Broadway, 150 productions worldwide); O Lovely Glowworm (Portland “Drammy” Best Script Award) and Great Men of Science, Nos. 21 & 22 (L.A. Weekly Best Play Award). Glen has also collaborated with Frank London (of the Klezmatics) on two new musicals: On Words and Onwards, and Loewe-Award winner A Night In The Old Marketplace. In television, Glen has won two Emmys® (twelve nominations), and has written over 200 episodes for children’s television series including “Arthur,” “Curious George,” and “Fetch w/Ruff Ruffman.” He is a New Dramatists alumnus.
Daniel Ezralow (Choreographer), hailed by the Chicago Tribune as one of the best American dancer-choreographers now working on an international scale, has created works for theatre, opera, film and television. SPIDER-MAN marks Ezralow’s fourth collaboration with director Julie Taymor (Across the Universe, The Green Bird, The Flying Dutchman). His work can currently be seen onstage in his dance theatre show Why, the touring show Aeros, and The Beatles LOVE with Cirque du Soleil. In television, he created the dance special “Windows” (Bravo), “Josh Groban in Concert” (PBS), and received an Emmy® Award for his work on “Episodes” (PBS). He has received two American Choreography Awards for innovative and outstanding choreography, an NEA Choreographic Fellowship, and the Premio Positano in Italy. Mr. Ezralow has been commissioned to create original works for numerous companies including the Paris Opera Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Batsheva Dance Company of Israel.
George Tsypin (Set Designer) is a sculptor, architect, and designer of opera, film, and video. He won an International Competition of “New and Spontaneous Ideas for the Theater for Future Generations” some twenty years ago. Since then, his opera designs have been seen all over the world, including at the Salzburg Festival, Opera de Bastille in Paris, Covent Garden in London, La Scala in Milan, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The first private gallery showing of his sculpture took place in 1991 at the Twining Gallery in New York. George exhibited his work at the Venice Biennial in 2002. He has worked with director Julie Taymor on many projects, including Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Grendel, and Oedipus Rex. He designed The Little Mermaid on Broadway. His book George Tsypin, Opera Factory: Building in the Black Void, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in October of 2005 (Golden Pen Award.)
Eiko Ishioka (Costume Designer) is a multidisciplinary designer whose internationally acclaimed work has made her one of the premiere visual artists in contemporary world culture. Her awards include an Academy Award® for costume design for Francis Ford Coppola’s film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the Award for Artistic Contribution at the Cannes Film Festival for her production design of the film Mishima, Outer’s Critic Circle nominations and Tony® nominations for the sets and costumes of the Broadway play M. Butterfly, and a Grammy® Award for the artwork of Miles Davis’ album Tutu. She directed a music video for the singer Bjork and designed costumes for Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai (Drama Desk nomination). Most recently, Ishioka was the director of costume design for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Donald Holder (Lighting Designer). Broadway: South Pacific (2008 Tony® Award, Drama Desk nomination), Les Liasons Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire, Gem Of The Ocean, Movin’ Out, Juan Darien (all Tony®-nominated), The Lion King (Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards, Paris Moliere Award, London Olivier® nomination), Cyrano de Bergerac, Radio Golf, The Little Dog Laughed, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Shop Of Horrors, Prelude to a Kiss, The Boy From Oz, many others. Off-Broadway: Yellowface, Romeo and Juliet (Delacorte), The Pain and the Itch, Almost an Evening, A Man of No Importance, Birdie Blue, Observe the Sons of Ulster (Lortel Award), Jitney, Saturday Night, Three Days of Rain, many others. Opera: The Magic Flute (NY Metropolitan Opera), Grendel (Los Angeles Opera, Lincoln Center Festival, New York), both directed by Julie Taymor.
Jonathan Deans (Sound Designer) was born in England and has been living in America for the past 18 years. His work spans the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden through to The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil with over 100 productions in between. His Broadway designs include Fosse, Young Frankenstein, and Ragtime. Jonathan is known for his unique and immersive sound designs. It is his experience of standing in the midst of a 60 plus-piece orchestra during live concerts and the many rehearsals that continually resonate inside him. This has a great influence on his design approach for the audience and the focus of the staged performance.
Kyle Cooper (Projections Designer). Emmy® Award winner Kyle Cooper has directed and produced over 150 feature film title sequences, including SE7EN, all three Spider-Man movies, and the Marvel logo animation. Details magazine credits Cooper with “almost single-handedly revitalizing the main title sequence as an art form.” Kyle has collaborated with Julie Taymor on innovative visual effects sequences for Titus Andronicus, Across the Universe and The Tempest. He has a master’s degree from the Yale School of Art, and holds the title of Royal Designer for Industry from the Royal Society of Arts in London.
Campbell Young Associates (Hair Designers). Campbell Young, Luc Verschueren and their team (Campbell Young Associates) design hair, wigs and make-up for many theatres including Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and Opera North. Their work was seen in Prima Donna (Manchester International Festival), Tosca, Peter Grimes and Partenope (ENO), Der Freischütz (Baden-Baden), Tristan und Isolde (La Scala, Milan), From the House of the Dead (Vienna Festival), Un Ballo in Maschera and La Bohème (Bregenz Festival), The Ring Cycle (New National Theatre, Tokyo), and many London musicals including Love Never Dies, Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic), Oliver! and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Also Les Misérables (25th Anniversary Tour) Lord of the Rings (London and Toronto) and Billy Elliot (Broadway and Chicago). Plays include Un Tramway (Paris), Breakfast at Tiffany's (London), Mary Stuart (Broadway), Rock 'n' Roll (London and Broadway) and An Inspector Calls (London). Films include Nutcracker and the Rat King and Les Aventures Extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec. Other projects include the recreation of Princess Sithathorynet’s ceremonial wig for the Department of Egyptian Art and wig design for the Liaisons Dangereuses exhibition, both at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Jaque Paquin (Aerial Rigging Designer) was born in the province of Quebec. He has been working in the entertainment industry for over 30 years, with the last 20 years dedicated to designing systems for hanging and flying performers and equipment. His design contribution to Cirque du Soleil helped create such masterpieces as KÀ, O, Zumanity, and Varekai, among others. A talented multidisciplinary artist, he is credited for having strong imagination and skills on both the artistic and technical aspects of his work. Having worked in theater, movies, television and live entertainment, his wide experience allows him to maximize the performance presented to an audience while always concentrating on the safety of the performers. In 2005 he was presented the CITT award for professional achievement for his contribution to the show industry and, more specifically, to the field of acrobatic rigging. He is regarded by his peers as a mentor and a leader of his trade.
David Campbell (Orchestrations and Arrangements). For Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, David Campbell created song arrangements, dance arrangements, underscoring, orchestrations(for 19 musicians) and vocal/choral arrangements. You may have heard his arrangements on any of 425 gold or platinum albums, from artists such as Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Radiohead, Elton John, Leonard Cohen, Beck, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Beyonce, Avril Lavigne, Metallica, The Mars Volta, Evanescence, Will Smith, Ricky Martin, Faith Hill, Manhattan Transfer, Macy Gray and Maroon 5. Some of the well-known songs include “Time of Your Life”(Green Day), “Iris”(Goo Goo Dolls), “Uninvited”(Alanis Morissette), “Because of You”(Kelly Clarkson), “A 100 Years”(Five for Fighting) and “The Rose”(Bette Midler). Film credits as arranger/conductor include the scores of Dream Girls, Rent, Brokeback Mountain(Oscar for Best Score), Tarzan(Oscar for Best Song), Spider-Man 2, Austin Powers, City of Angels, Dead Man Walking, and Cradle Will Rock. Campbell has composed music for Sony, IBM and Panasonic TV commercials and several feature films. He has guest conducted the LA Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic and the Dallas, Baltimore, Nashville and Melbourne Symphonies. Recent projects include Josh Groban, Adele, Adam Lambert and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. David is married to theatrical composer Raven Kane. More details at www.davidmusic.com.
Teese Gohl (Music Supervisor). Born and raised in Winterthur, Swizterland, Matthias Gohl studied at Berklee College in Boston, MA. Theater music/sound design credits include A.R.T. (Cambridge, MA), Trinity Repertory Theater (Providence, RI), and Theater For a New Audience (New York, NY). Film score production with Elliot Goldenthal includes Interview With A Vampire, Michael Collins, Heat, two Batman features, Titus, Across the Universe, The Iron Giant, Butcher Boy, Public Enemies, and Oscar®-winning scores for John Corigliano’s The Red Violin and Julie Taymor’s Frida. In addition to documentary film composition, jazz performance, and opera/theater pit performance, Teese is proud of his collaborations with Carly Simon, Nana Vasconcelos, and Dave Stewart.
Reeve Carney (Peter Parker) stars as the young prince Ferdinand in Julie Taymor’s upcoming film adaptation of The Tempest and also starred in the film version of the acclaimed novel Snow Falling on Cedars. A veteran of the music world, Reeve recorded an album with Peter, Paul and Mary at the age of 8 and was asked a few years later by Michael Jackson to sing on one of the tracks of HIStory. Now, Reeve is the lead singer and lead guitarist of CARNEY, the up and coming rock band that recently toured North America. In CARNEY, Reeve is accompanied by his brother Zane who shares lead guitar in the band, Aiden Moore on bass, and Jon Epcar on the drums. CARNEY’s newest single “Love Me Chase Me” was released this summer and the band’s first full length album, entitled “Mr. Green Vol. 1,” was released in May 2010 on DAS Label/Interscope. For more information on CARNEY, please visit www.CarneyTheBand.com.
Jennifer Damiano (Mary Jane Watson). Jennifer Damiano received a Tony® Award nomination in 2009 for her performance in the critically-acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway production Next to Normal. She also performed in the show's previous productions off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre and regionally at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. which earned her a Helen Hayes nomination. Jennifer has been working professionally in New York since she was 12. When she was 15, she made her Broadway debut in Spring Awakening as the youngest member of the original cast. Additionally, she has appeared on the CW television series “Gossip Girl.”
Natalie Mendoza. TV and film includes: the cult hit feature The Descent (and its sequel), The Great Raid, Code 46, Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, the hit BBC series “Hotel Babylon” and more. Mendoza made her stage debut at the Sydney Opera House as a girl in Romeo and Juliet. She was discovered by Cameron Mackintosh and asked to play ‘Eponine’ in Les Miserables and later went on to star in many other musicals and plays, including multiple seasons with The Melbourne Theatre Company, workshops of Matthew Warchus' Lord of the Rings, and the stage adaptation of the film Ghost. She signed as a teenager internationally to Virgin Records with her pop punk band Jackson Mendoza and had several hits that led them onto stadium tours. She is currently recording her first solo album as well as a Jazz project called “The Eddy,” produced by Glen Ballard. Natalie's also created a comic book/multi platform project with Simon Bisley, which is scheduled to be released at next year’s Comic-Con.
Patrick Page (Norman Osborn/The Green Gobl
in). Broadway: A Man For All Seasons (Henry III); The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (The Grinch); The Lion King (Scar); Julius Caesar (Decius Brutus); Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere); A Christmas Carol; Kentucky Cycle. Off-Broadway: Rex; Richard II; Duchess of Malfi. Regional: 25 years—including Associate Artist of The Old Globe Theatre and The Shakespeare Theatre Company. Recently: Cyrano (Craig Noel Award) at The Old Globe and Iago (Helen Hayes Award) at STC. TV and Film: “Law & Order: SVU,” “One Life to Live,” “All My Children,” Substance of Fire. www.patrickpageonline.co
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