Right now, the New York theater world is abuzz about Julie Taymor’s long-delayed new musical, “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,” a $65 million extravaganza that’s finally hitting its preview-mode stride this week.
The stylistic force behind the hit “Lion King” has gone all out, hiring U2’s Bono and The Edge to compose the hard-rocking score.
But what of the man playing Marvel Comics’ arachnid-bitten, superteen Peter Parker, opposite Jennifer Damiano’s Mary Jane Watson? His name is Reeve Carney, and believe it or not, you’ve had several chances to catch him in the Bay Area this summer.
With his guitarist brother Zane, Carney, 27, has an ethereal folk-rock band called, aptly, Carney, who toured the West Coast constantly before Taymor put Reeve to singing/high-wire work as Spider-Man and embedded the rest of the group in her orchestra.
The director caught a Carney concert, hired the frontman for her recent film “The Tempest,” then asked him to run through early “Spider-Man” compositions for investors.
“I love Julie, and I’d do anything for her,” says Carney. “So I came out to New York and I really just thought I was singing the songs to help them. But when Bono and The Edge heard me, I guess they connected with what I was doing — something they weren’t seeing from other more-traditional Broadway singers.”
And yes, he’ll actually be flying, he adds. “So when this show does open, it’s gonna be pretty darn awesome!”