The long-delayed Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which has been faced with more troubles than Peter Parker during its rocky road to the stage, has just been hit by another snag—the loss of Alan Cumming, who had been scheduled to play the villain Green Goblin, The New York Times reported.
Cumming, who won the Tony Award for best actor in a musical in 1998 for his role as the emcee in Cabaret and is perhaps best known on the screen for his role as X-Men's Nightcrawler, had taken the role to work once more with Julie Taymor, the director and one of the book writers of Spider-Man. Taymor and Cumming had previously worked together on the movies Titus and The Tempest.
This is the second recent blow to the show, as Evan Rachel Wood backed out of her role as Mary Jane in the musical last month. Spider-Man was originally scheduled to premiere on Broadway in February, but was delayed because its first group of producers had difficulty raising the estimated $50 million needed.
Cumming's expanded role on the CBS television series The Good Wife caused him to drop out, which was confirmed by a spokesman for the production last night.
"Because of a scheduling conflict, Alan Cumming will not be playing the role of the Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway. Casting and a production schedule for Spider-Man will be announced soon," the statement read.
So what do you think? Is the production cursed? How long do you think it will be before Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark finally debuts on Broadway?