Are you a Spider-Man fan with a powerful set of vocal chords and some passable Broadway-ready dance moves? 2009 may be your lucky year, then, because the upcoming U2-composed musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" is holding open casting calls in major U.S. cities this spring.
Among the parts being cast are principles and understudies for a few of the parts that have been announced, including a new "Female Lead Villain", Peter Parker himself and... Mary Jane?
Open casting for the part of Mary Jane certainly raises questions about the attachment of actress Evan Rachel Wood, who was previously reported to be cast in the role. Is the casting call simply looking for an understudy?
"MARY JANE: Female. 16-20s. Beautiful girl next door," reads the casting call. "Strong pop/rock singing voice required."
"The production is looking for performers with dynamic rock/pop voices including those with experience in bands and as solo performers," continues the general call for stage hopefuls. "Regardless of experience, anyone who thinks they might be qualified is encouraged to audition."
That second line should be a green light for scores of musically inclined comics fans. And unlike Tobey Maguire, who turned 27 the year Sam Raimi's first "Spider-Man" film hit theaters, the lead actor for "Turn Off the Dark" is expected to be in the 16-20 age range. Expectations are that prospective Spideys should "have a great rock tenor voice" and "be nerdy with understated sex appeal and a good sense of humor."
The "Lead Female Villain," described as "Sinead O’Connor with a Middle Eastern/Bulgarian/Greek twist," is most likely the new villainess Swiss Miss, who was created specifically for the show.
With such young age requirements, the high-profile show could attract a swarm of "High School Musical" actors. Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale both have the dance skills. Kay Panabaker, who is appearing in the "Fame" remake later this year could be worth a look, too. Her co-stars Cody Longo and Asher Book would also fall snugly into the age bracket suggestions for Peter Parker.
Auditions for "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will take place at the following locations:
Orlando, FL: Thursday, April 9
New York, NY: Monday, April 13
Los Angeles, CA: Saturday, April 18
Seattle, WA: Monday, April 20
Chicago, IL: Thursday, May 7
Austin, TX: Wednesday, May 27
More information is available at www.SpidermanOnBroadway.com.
Who would you like to see join the cast for "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"? Are you thinking about audition yourself? Sound off in the comment section below!