Fans of "Spider-Man" heaved a collective sigh of relief on Sunday when they learned that
Producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" on Broadway announced Sunday afternoon that its new leading man will be actor Justin Matthew Sargent, who will be taking over the role of nerd-turned-superhero Peter Parker from Reeve Carney starting this week. Carney has played the part since the mega-budgeted musical began performances at the Foxwoods Theatre in 2010.
Carney's final performance in "Spider-Man" was on Sunday. The actor recently was cast in the upcoming Showtime series "Penny Dreadful."
Sargent isn't exactly new to "Spider-Man," having served as an alternate for the Peter Parker role. He has also appeared in the Broadway production of "
On Sunday, Carney appeared on stage to bid farewell to the musical and officially hand over the part to Sargent.
Producers of "Spider-Man" recently held open casting calls in Los Angeles and New York in a bid to find fresh talent for the Broadway and future incarnations of the musical, including a planned Las Vegas arena show and a touring production.
The musical, which had a troubled production history, is believed to be the most expensive show in Broadway history, with a budget estimated at $75 million.