Spider-Man dark; 'Once' free, plus more theater buzz

The Spider-Man character is suspended in the air The Spider-Man character is suspended in the air during a scene from the musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." Photo Credit: AP

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THE MUSICAL "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"

THE DEAL Remember 2-1/2 years ago, when "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" was in a state of unending turmoil? Things have been relatively quiet since then. But in a rather strange turn of events, last Tuesday night's performance was canceled at the very last minute due to, according to a press representative, "technical difficulties that were discovered during preset." The show was up and flying again the next day.

THE MUSICAL "Once"

THE DEAL The Tony-winning "Once," as part of an event being called "Once Week," will distribute 20 free tickets through a lottery for each of four shows from Aug. 20 to 23. There doesn't seem to be a particular reason for all this, but who's arguing?

THE PLAY "All That Fall"

THE DEAL Trevor Nunn ("Les Miz") will bring his London staging of "All That Fall," an esoteric Beckett drama that was designed for radio but has since been done onstage, to 59E59 Theaters in November. It will feature a nine-person cast, including Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon.

THE MOVIE "Into the Woods"

THE DEAL The casting of the upcoming film version of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" has been completed with the addition of two British child actors. Sophia Grace Brownlee, a 10-year-old known for appearing in Internet music videos, will play Little Red Riding Hood, while Daniel Huttlestone, who was the unafraid Gavroche in the "Les Miz" film, will be Jack.

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