Although “Turn off The Dark” is still without an official premiere date, a new Mary Jane has been cast in the musical.
According to the New York Times, Jennifer Damiano has been signed to portray Mary Jane. Damiano is perhaps best known for her role as Natalie Goodman in the musical “Next to Normal,” which earned her a Tony Award nomination in 2009. Damiano has also appeared on an episode of “Gossip Girl.”
Damiano will appear opposite Reeve Carney, who will play both Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Alan Cumming was also previously signed to portray Norman Osborn and the Green Goblin, before he too left the production earlier this year.
Broadway legend Julie Taymor is directing the show with music and lyrics by Bono and the Edge from U2. Despite the star power behind the show, “Turn off The Dark” has reportedly faced numerous financial problems and is rumored to have cost nearly $50 million to develop.
While the timeline for “Turn off The Dark” is still unclear, Damiano will reportedly step down from her current role in “Next to Normal” during the middle of next month.
Her co-star Carney recently told MTV News that he was fitted for his Spider-Man costume, which may indicate the production of the show may resume soon.
“Spider-Man: Turn off The Dark” is tentatively scheduled to be released later this year.
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