'Spider-Man' Musical Loses Another Star: Alan Cumming

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By Ellen Gamerman, Wall Street Journal Blog

More bad news for the Broadway musical "Spider-Man Turn off the Dark": Alan Cumming, cast as the villainous Green Goblin, now joins Evan Rachel Wood on the list of actors who have left the show citing scheduling conflicts.

Cumming said in a statement Monday night that the "Spider-Man" team could not resolve conflicts with his dates taping what has become a regular role on "The Good Wife," a CBS TV drama that shoots in New York.

Last month, Wood, cast as love interest Mary Jane, also quit the musical citing a scheduling conflict. The show, with a score by U2's Bono and the Edge and directed by Julie Taymor ("The Lion King"), originally was meant to open this season.

"Obviously, having waited over a year for Spiderman to be greenlit, I am very disappointed that I will not have the chance to collaborate with Bono and the Edge, and to work with Julie Taymor on the stage," Cumming said in the statement released by his publicist. The news was first reported by Entertainment Weekly on Monday.

The show has occupied the Hilton Theatre since "Young Frankenstein" closed more than a year ago. Last summer, construction was halted at the theater amid cash-flow problems. In the fall, Michael Cohl, a concert promoter who has worked with bands such as the Rolling Stones and U2, was installed as the show's new lead producer. At the time the production said it would open at some point in 2010.

A spokesman for the show said in a statement Tuesday that the production schedule for "Spider-Man" would be announced soon, along with additional casting information.

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