Behind the Curtain: Sargent wins role of Peter Parker in 'Spider-Man,' more
Justin Matthew Sargent has graduated to the role of Peter Parker in Broadway’s “Spider-Man.” Reeve Carney, who had been with the show since 2010, played his final performance as Peter Parker on Sunday. The casting of Sargent, who was an alternate in the role, was announced by the producers at curtain call on Sunday. In a statement, they described Sargent as “one of Broadway’s great rockers.”
Broderick, Short, Martin take part in ‘Rumors’
An industry reading was held last week of Neil Simon’s 1988 farce “Rumors” with Matthew Broderick, Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Laura Benanti, Jan Maxwell and Julie White, as first reported by Playbill.com. Organized by producer Jeffrey Finn, the reading is being considered a first step toward an eventual Broadway revival.
Pantoliano exits Yankees play before first preview
The New York Yankees-themed drama “The Bronx Bombers,” which was scheduled to begin previews on Tuesday night at Off-Broadway’s The Duke, delayed its start date by three nights to allow for a last-minute cast change. Joe Pantoliano, who was to play Yogi Berra, has left the production “due to artistic differences” and has been replaced by Richard Topol. Opening night is still Oct. 8.
Disney announces entire ‘Aladdin’ cast
Disney Theatricals announced the entire cast of its upcoming Broadway production of “Aladdin” on Monday. It will include many who already appeared in a Seattle production of the musical, also helmed by director Casey Nicholaw, including Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Courtney Reed (Jasmine), James Monroe Iglehart (Genie) and Jonathan Freeman (Jafar), who also provided the voice of Jafar in the original film version. The production will begin previews on Broadway in February.
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