Friday, May 24, 2024

“Spider Man” On Broadway: Patrick Page Exits, Plus Producers Can’t Find London Home


Patrick Page, the Tony nominated actor who stole “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark,” is leaving the show. He’s been with it for almost two years and was never injured–that we know of. Page stole every performance, and was the real star of “Spider Man.” His role was actually increased in size when the show retooled in the spring of 2011. Alas, the Green Goblin aka Norman Osbourne, has had enough of tinkling the giant piano keys on stage while aerialists all around him flew by. His last show is this weekend, and he’ll be replaced by Robert Cuccioli of “Jekyll and Hyde” fame. Patrick Page is married to TV’s Page Davis, by the way, making her Page Page. She and Lauren Lauren (originally Bush) should start a club!

Anyway, reports from London are that “Spider Man” cannot find a home there. No exiting theater is suitable. They’re not big enough. They’d either have to build a theater or put on the show in the O2 Arena. This may be a problem everywhere. And if theaters are hard to find, “Spider Man” will face financial trouble. Its whole model is about bringing it to other cities. Of course, the producers will have to pay creator Julie Taymor royalties if they do set up shop elsewhere. It was decided in arbitration that she wrote the show. She’s still suing over her copyright, however.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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