Hayes Theatre set to Turn off the Dark with 2014 season of Spider-Man the musical!!!
BREAKING: Hayes Theatre Company has announced their next musical of 2014 this fine April morning and it looks set to be the biggest of them all. The ambitious independent theatre company has announced that they will stage the rock musical Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark at the Hayes Theatre starring Rob Mills, Lucy Durack, Michael Cormick and Nancye Hayes.
Spider-man debuted on Broadway in 2010 to one of the most explosive critical and commercial receptions in Broadway history. Never expected to make it to Oz, this morning’s announcement is sure to send shock waves throughout the Australian music theatre community. Trust the Hayes to have the cajones to stage this monster show. Presented by Neil Gooding Productions and Luckiest Productions, the rock opera/circus spectacular/Broadway musical/epic event with a score by Bono and the Edge will be re-staged for the Hayes Theatre’s more intimate 111 seat venue by a director yet to be announced. No doubt, however, that the theatre company’s phones are ringing off the hook this morning as directors angle to be a party to this sure to be record breaking venture.
Representatives of the Hayes Theatre were unavailable for comment this morning as to the full scale of this, the biggest little rock opera/circus spectacular/Broadway musical/epic event in town. However, given the casting, it seems fairly certain that the title role of Spider-Man/Peter Parker is to be played by music theatre matinee idol Rob ‘Millsy’ Mills. A robust conversation followed the casting decision at the AussieTheatre offices this morning and it was concluded that we could none of us wait to hear Millsy add the rock ballad ‘Boy Falls from the Sky’ to his repertoire.
Wicked fans will also be delighted to see Millsy and long time bewitching co-star Lucy Durack sharing the same stage again – the Helpmann Award winning Durack to be cast in the coveted role of Mary-Jane Watson. No one at Aussie Theatre was quite certain what her songs were like given that the company copy of the Spider-Man soundtrack met with a mysterious fatal accident sometime after Julie Taymor got fired departed from the Broadway venture. Best we don’t speak about it.
Michael Cormick and Nancye Hayes will round out the cast, playing the villainous Green Goblin and Aunt May respectively. This will be music theatre legend Nancye Hayes’ stage debut at her namesake theatre. Hayes also was unavailable for comment – her phone appears to be engaged and her agent informs Aussie Theatre this is because Nancye has been busy calling former co-stars to gloat share her joy at this new and exciting experience.
Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark will debut at the Hayes Theatre in Sydney on August 5 this year for a strictly limited season that will close on September 7. More information about the production is available at hayestheatre.com.au while more information about the musical is available in this book by the shows co-writer Glen Berger here.
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