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Adam Lambert = Spider-Man on Broadway?

April 14, 2009 |  6:43 pm

Not to obsess about a certain "American Idol" contestant, but a Friend of Culture Monster alerted us to this MTV interview with theater casting director Bernie Telsey, who is working on the upcoming "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" musical.

According to Telsey, who casts just about everything on Broadway, Spidey's team was already familiar with Adam Lambert and had put out a call to him to come in to audition some seven months ago. "He's someone we know because we cast him in 'Wicked' and knew he had that kind of range."  Apparently Lambert had to pass on the invitation because he was set to go on "American Idol."

For those living under a rock these last few months, "Spider-Man" is the Julie ("The Lion King") Taymor-helmed show that will feature music by U2's Bono and the Edge. Some reports say the show costs $40 million, which would make it the most expensive musical ever. We're not so sure about that, but we do know it's expected to be the big opening of 2010 -- at least until something else comes along (hey, there's a lot of space between now and "Spider-Man's" Feb 18, 2010, opening).

If you're dying to see Lambert don red tights and a leotard, there may still be a chance. Telsey tells MTV that the creative team may be open to having Lambert replace Spider-Man a year or so from now after he's completed all "American Idol" commitments. "There's a bunch of shows we would see him for," Telsey says. "And definitely now that he even has more national appeal -- how great." 

Meanwhile, there's a nationwide open casting call "seeking principals and understudies for the roles of ‘Peter Parker,’ ‘Mary Jane’ and ‘Female Lead Villain.’ " It hits L.A. this Saturday, so start prepping that audition song now. Click here for more information.

-- Lisa Fung

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