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SPIDER-MAN Announces Complete Cast!

August 16
10:59 2010

Lead producer Michael Cohl today announced the complete cast for SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark, which begins rehearsals this morning. Directed by Julie Taymor and featuring a book by Julie Taymor and GLen berger, and new music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark will begin previews at Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre (213 West 42nd Street) on November 14, with opening night set for December 21.

Joining previously announced stars Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano and Patrick Page are Natalie Mendoza, 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, 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.

Drawing from more than 40 years of Marvel comic books for inspiration, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark spins a new take on the mythic tale of Peter Parker, a teenager whose unremarkable life in Queens is turned upside-down-literally-when he's bitten by a genetically-altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to the ceiling. Bullied by his classmates and tortured by an unrelenting crush on next-door-neighbor Mary Jane Watson, this science geek discovers he has suddenly been endowed with astonishing powers. He soon learns, however, that "with great power comes great responsibility." Maligned by the media, buffeted by financial woes, and stretched thin by the expectations of the world-at-large, Peter now must struggle to navigate the perilous and peculiar demands of being a web-slinging superhero. With the characters in SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark ranging from old familiar favorites to supervillains never-before imagined, Spider-Man's battles will hurtle the audience through a story both recognizable and unexpected, culminating in an eye-popping, ultimate test for this iconic figure.

SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy® Award-winners Bono and The Edge of U2 with direction by Tony® Award-winner Julie Taymor (The Tempest, Across The Universe, The Lion King) and a book by Julie Taymor and GLen berger (Underneath The Lintel).

The creative team includes Daniel Ezralow (Choreography), George Tsypin (Scenic Design), Academy Award®-winner Eiko Ishioka (Costume Design), Tony® Award-winner Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Jonathan Deans (Sound Design), Kyle Cooper (Projection Design), Julie Taymor (Mask Design), Campbell Young Associates (Hair Design), Judy Chin (Makeup Design), Scott Rogers (Aerial Design), Jaque Paquin (Aerial Rigging Design), David Campbell (Orchestrations & Arrangements), Teese Gohl (Musical Supervision), and Kimberly Grigsby (Music Director). Casting is by Telsey + Co.

SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark is produced by Michael Cohl, Jeremiah J. Harris, Land Line Productions, HELLO Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Billy and Fernando Rovzar Diez Barroso, Jeffrey B. Hecktman, Omneity Entertainment/Richard G. Weinberg, Nederlander Organization/James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, S2BN Entertainment, JAM Theatricals, the Mayerson/Gould/Hauser/Tysoe Group, and Patricia Lambrecht, by association with Marvel Entertainment.

How to Buy Tickets:

American Express Cardmembers may now purchase tickets during an exclusive pre-sale offer via Ticketmaster.com / (800) 745-3000.

Any ticket buyers who previously purchased tickets to SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark and were fully refunded have been contacted by Ticketmaster and given priority access to purchase again.
Tickets will be available to the general public in September, also via Ticketmaster.com / (800) 745-3000.

Tickets are priced from $67.50 - $135 for weekday performances and $67.50 - $140 for weekend performances.

Bios

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 and 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.

Michael Mulheren. Broadway: Looped, The Farnsworth Invention, Deuce, La Cage aux Folles, The Boy from Oz, Kiss Me Kate (Tony®, Drama Desk nominations), Titanic, and On the Waterfront. Encores!: Damn Yankees, Do Re Mi, Li'l Abner, Of Thee I Sing. Off-Broadway: Captains Courageous, Floyd Collins, and The Fantasticks. TV: various appearances including the FX series "Rescue Me," guest stars on "Law & Order," "The West Wing," "Lipstick Jungle." Film: Fool's Gold, Invincible, Martin Scorcese's Bringing Out the Dead, and Woody Allen's The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, among others. Love to Amanda, Conor and Fiona.

Ken Marks. Broadway: Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray, Rock ‘N Roll, Spring Awakening, After The Fall, Mamma Mia! (original Broadway company), Present Laughter, Michael in Dancing At Lughnasa. Off-Broadway: Editor Webb in Our Town (Barrow Street), Stuff Happens (Public Theater - Drama Desk, Best Ensemble), Sir Larry in Orson's Shadow (Barrow Street), The Internationalist (Vineyard), Little Fish (Second Stage), When They Speak Of Rita (Primary Stages), Henry V (NYSF). Regional: leading roles at the Guthrie, Yale Rep., Long Wharf, ACT, Mark Taper Forum, Actor's Theatre of Louisville. TV: "Law and Order," "Law and Order: SVU," "Third Watch," "Life on Mars," "Royal Pains," "New Amsterdam." Film: Henry's Crime, Step Up 3D, Bad Bride, The Wackness. For Laura, Eleanor, and Clarissa.

Isabel Keating is widely acclaimed for her performance in Broadway's The Boy from Oz opposite Hugh Jackman, for which she garnered Tony® Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, and won the Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards. Also on Broadway, she starred in Enchanted April and the long-running hit Hairspray. Off Broadway, Isabel most recently starred in Cusi Cram's A Lifetime Burning at Primary Stages, and has appeared with Atlantic Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Rattlestick, among others. She won the Helen Hayes Award for her turn in Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink at Washington, DC's Studio Theatre, and has appeared regionally at The Old Globe, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Paper Mill Playhouse, the O'Neill Center, Vassar/Powerhouse, Williamstown, and many others. Her films include The Nanny Diaries and Life Before Her Eyes. For television, she guest starred opposite Stanley Tucci in CBS's "3 lbs" and opposite Vincent d'Onofrio in NBC Universal's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and provided her voice for the Emmy Award-winning PBS American Masters "Judy Garland: By Myself."

Jeb Brown. Broadway: Time Stands Still, Grease, High Fidelity, Ring of Fire, Aida, I'm Not Rappaport, Bring Back Birdie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Off-Broadway: Romantic Poetry, Game Show. Regional: Steppenwolf, McCarter, Old Globe, Paper Mill, Dallas Theatre Center, Actor's Theatre Louisville, Kennedy Center, Ford's, Coconut Grove. Film: Salt, The Namesake, Renaissance Man, I'll Do Anything. TV: "Law and Order: SVU," "Crazy For You" (PBS Great Performances), "Star Trek: DS9," Conan O'Brien, "One Life To Live." L.A.'s Evidence Room Theatre Project (founder), Yale University (Whiffenpoof), Elyse and Eleanor (husband/father).

T.V. Carpio. Teresa Victoria Carpio, better known as T.V., grew up in Hong Kong with her mother, Teresa Carpio, a household name as a singer and entertainer in Asia. She danced in music videos for Bruce Springsteen and Whitney Houston, which led to parts on television's "Law and Order" and "The Jury." Then as an alto soprano she sang with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in her mother's acclaimed Diva concerts. From there she landed the role of Gail in Spike Lee's She Hate Me, and the role of Angela in Lee's Sucker Free City for Showtime. She auditioned for Julie Taymor's acclaimed feature film, Across The Universe and was cast as Prudence. This was followed by playing Alexi Darling in Rent on Broadway. Recently she landed the role of Valerie in the upcoming Universal Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper starrer The Dark Fields, directed by Neil Burger.

Mat Devine was born and raised in Connecticut, moving to Chicago to gain a BFA in film from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There he formed the seminal alternative rock band, Kill Hannah, taking on the roles of lead singer and principle songwriter. Mat signed to Atlantic Records in 2003 at which time the band began touring America, Canada, UK and Europe behind 4 consecutive albums. Over the greater part of 7 years Mat has performed over 1000 concerts on stage, radio and television worldwide. His songs have been featured in numerous films, video games and television shows. Mat also writes the wildly popular blog for Fuse TV known as the Raccoon Society. Although no stranger to the concert stage, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark is his Broadway debut.

Gideon Glick originated the role of Ernst in the Broadway production of Spring Awakening, appearing also as Ernst in the original Off-Broadway production (Atlantic Theatre). He starred as Howie in the original Roundabout Theatre production of Speech and Debate. Other productions include Population: 8 (Fringe Festival), DC (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Democracy (Naked Angels/Culture Project). Regional: Peter Pan and Wendy, The Snow Queen (Prince Music Theatre), The Three Musketeers (Wilma Theatre); Workshops include Little Miss Sunshine, Sons of the Prophet, and Volleygirls. Film: One Last Thing... Currently an Art History major at New York University.

Jonathan Schwartz is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in this incredible production! Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks (Matt). A recent winner of the Paper Mill Rising Star Award, and featured on the Ben Folds album University A Cappella, Jonathan is a proud 2010 graduate of Princeton University. He'd like to thank his family and BRS for being so supportive.

Matthew James Thomas, 22, trained at Sylvia Young and Italia Conti London. He is well known in the UK for his lead role in the TV series "Britannia High." Recently, Matthew filmed roles in TV dramas "Casualty" and "Midsomer Murders" and the lead in independent short film Possession. At 12, he appeared in movies Billy Elliot (as Simon, Billy's audition rival) and About a Boy, and many TV shows, including "Doctors," "Bad Girls" and "Wonderful You." A year later he played the title role in Stephen Poliakoff‘s The Lost Prince, alongside Miranda Richardson and Tom Hollander. Favorite theatre roles include Dorian in 2009's Dorian Gray at the Leicester Square Theatre; Schlomo in the West End's Fame revival and Wayne in Popcorn at the Landor Fringe. Other West End credits include Oliver! and the original production of Whistle Down the Wind. Matthew is an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician and hopes to release his debut album shortly.

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