WHY THEY ARE MR. JULY: One is a rock star on the rise, the other a British teen heart throb with serious acting ambitions and credits. But both are the title character in what is probably the most talked about, written about, picked apart and argued over Broadway musical of all time. And after dozens of previews between them, a maelstrom of nosey press to navigate, and the firing of a close friend to both, these young men set a new standard for grace under pressure and pure, old-fashioned professionalism. More than a few actors of their generation should stop and take notice. I'm speaking, of course, of the men who play Peter Parker and Spider-Man in the musical spectacle, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark: Reeve Carney and Matthew James Thomas. But all of the hoopla aside, these guys deserve to be Mr. Broadway because they are very, very good at what they do.
- Currently appearing in: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Mr. Carney plays the role 6 times a week, Mr. Thomas plays it 2 times a week.
- Age: Mr. Carney was born on April 18, 1983, which makes him 28. Mr. Thomas was born in 1988, which makes him between 22 and 23.
- Other Credits: Mr. Carney: Film: Snow Falling on Cedars, The Tempest; TV: Late Night with David Letterman, American Idol, Good Morning America; Music: His band, Carney. Mr. Thomas: The West End: Dorian Gray; Film: About a Boy, Billy Elliot; TV: more than a dozen appearances on British series television, including Britannia High. Both are making their Broadway debuts with Spider-Man.
- Where to find them on the Internet: http://www.spidermanonbroadway.marvel.com/; http://www.carneyband.com/; both actors are on Facebook. There is a very interesting article (and great pictures, too) about Matthew James Thomas HERE.
The debut of "Boy Falls From the Sky" on Good Morning America
Matthew James Thomas: "I Am Who I Am" from Britannia High
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