Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Broadway “Spider Man”: At Least Two Romances in Cast


I told you yesterday (and Page Six must have read it) that “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark” stars Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano are a couple in real life, too. Well, why not? As I said yesterday, these “Spider Man” actors have been stuck together like lab rats for a year. During the spring, they rehearsed one show for three hours a day and then performed another at night. Romance has infected the cast like the poison spider that bites Peter Parker. Also a couple are the principal understudies–I’m told Matthew James Thomas, who alternates for Carney, and Kristen Martin, who understudies Damiano, are hooked up. Meantime, the “Turn off the Dark” soundtrack has hit amazon, and it’s pretty interesting. Bono and The Edge perform the very Wh0-like song, “Picture This,” with Carney and Damiano on secondary vocals. Same for Bono and Edge on an alternate version of “Rise Above.” Edge also is featured playing guitat on “Sinisterio,” although it seems to have to the old lyrics–“set yourself on fire” has been reworded in the actual show so as not to inspire self-immolation. P.S. Another column got this wrong: T.V. Carpio, who plays Arachne, did make it into Bono’s private party-within-a-private-party- within- a- party on opening night. She only went outside the big blue curtain to say hello to friends who weren’t allowed in.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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