3 Apr 2009
Think You Could Play Peter Parker? Find Out How...
No, Sony's not looking to replace Tobey Maguire just yet (but keep those fingers crossed folks). Instead, Across the Universe's Julie Taymor has announced an open casting call for her Spider-Man musical Turn Off the Dark with music and lyrics by Bono. Yeah, I don't really get it either... Anyway, according to a press release the production is "seeking principals and understudies for the roles of ‘Peter Parker,’ ‘Mary Jane,’ and ‘Female Lead Villian.’ " Now we've already heard rumors that Taymor would tab her Universe stars Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood as Parker and Mary Jane, so either someone's looking to pare back their budget, or the open competition is really only for their understudies. Still, for those of our readers with a serious set of pipes and no issues with singing in front of a packed audience in tights, here's the rest of the notice: The production is looking for performers with dynamic rock/pop voices including those with experience in bands and as solo performers. Regardless of experience, anyone who thinks they might be qualified is encouraged to audition. Open casting calls are being organized by Telsey + Company (Rent, Across The Universe, Sex & The City, Wicked) and will be held in the following cities: ORLANDO, FL (Thursday, April 9; 10 AM – 5PM) Orlando Marriott World Center 8701 World Center Drive Orlando, FL 32821 NEW YORK, NY (Monday, April 13; 10 AM – 5PM) The Knitting Factory 74 Leonard Street New York, NY 10013 LOS ANGELES, CA (Saturday, April 18; 10 AM – 5PM) Hollywood United Methodist Church 6817 Franklin Avenue Hollywood, CA 90028 SEATTLE, WA (Monday, April 20; 10 AM – 5PM) LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED CHICAGO, IL (Thursday, May 7; 10 AM – 5 PM) LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED AUSTIN, TX (Wednesday, May 27; 10 AM – 5 PM) LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED The production is looking for candidates to fill the following roles (both principals and understudies): PETER PARKER – Male. 16-20’s. Must have a great rock tenor voice. Can be nerdy with understated sex appeal and a good sense of humor. MARY JANE – Female. 16-20’s. Beautiful girl next door. Strong pop/rock singing voice required. LEAD FEMALE VILLAIN – Female. 25‐35 years old. All ethnicities encouraged. Must have an amazing rock voice. Think Sinead O’Connor with a Middle Eastern /Bulgarian/Greek twist. Foreign and/or world music types are great. Foreign accents are great. WHAT TO BRING: All interested people should bring a snapshot or photo of themselves and a brief pop/rock or rock song to sing. Please note that no accompanist or audio equipment will be provided. For more information, updated casting call information, or if you are not able to attend any of the above casting calls, please e-mail: SpiderManCasting@gmail.com or visit www.SpidermanOnBroadway.com.

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