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Broadway star Reeve Carney of ‘Hadestown’ talks about his upcoming shows

Broadway star Reeve Carney (“”Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” and “Hadestown”) chatted about his upcoming concerts in New York City.

Reeve Carney
Reeve Carney. Photo Credit: Matthew Tammaro
Reeve Carney. Photo Credit: Matthew Tammaro

Broadway star Reeve Carney (“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” and “Hadestown”) chatted about his upcoming concerts in New York City.

He is an American singer-songwriter and actor most known for starring in the lead role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” on Broadway.

Carney also portrayed Dorian Gray, a reckless hedonist, in the Showtime series “Penny Dreadful” and Riff Raff in the Fox musical television film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again.”

‘Hadestown’ on Broadway

Presently, he is starring as Orpheus in “Hadestown” on Broadway, which won a Tony Award for “Best Musical.” “Hadestown is great, it has been wild. We had our 967th show last night, which is crazy,” he said. “It is cool because you need to keep generating freshness in the show, which is a good skill to work to develop. That’s a good thing that I like about a long run.”

Grammy win for ‘Musical Theatre Album’

In 2020, he won the Grammy Award for “Best Musical Theatre Album” for “Hadestown,” along with a cast that included such talented performers as Tony winner André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada and Patrick Page. “Winning the Grammy Award was so cool, that was one of my childhood dreams,” he said.

“Although André is not in the ‘Hadestown’ cast anymore, it was awesome working with him. Nobody deserved that Tony Award more than André,” Carney said.

New York shows

On February 26, he will be performing at Chelsea Table + Stage in Manhattan. “This will be my second time playing there, it’s a really nice venue,” he said.

Carney will be performing his show titled “Singing the Divas” at The Green Room 42 in New York City on March 12, which will feature a cabaret set of musical theater classics that are traditionally performed by legendary Broadway divas such as Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, and Dame Shirley Bassey.

“I love singing all these classic diva songs, it keeps things interesting for me,” he said. “With the exception of one song by Billy Porter, everything else will be female songs. Even though it may not be Broadway, I will be singing an Aretha Franklin song.”

“Both of these shows will be different experiences,” he acknowledged. “I love the fact that I can do both of these shows.”

‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’

Carney originated the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the record-breaking Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” “I loved doing that show, it felt great,” he said. “I can’t believe it has been almost 10 years since I left that show, that’s crazy.”

Reeve jumped at the opportunity to perform a score by U2’s Bono and The Edge, and he reunited with director Julie Taymor, who he had previously worked with in her film “The Tempest.”

On his future goals, Carney said, “To always keep learning and to keep growing.”

Silver lining during the pandemic

He shared that a silver lining for him during the pandemic was starting an electronic effects pedal company called “Quarantine Effects USA.” “That was really awesome,” he said. “Essentially, it started as me making tools that I needed.”

Reeve’s latest studio album, “Youth is Wasted,” is the recipient of five Independent Music Awards.

In an upcoming Jeff Buckley biopic, Reeve will play the late singer, marrying his love of music and acting.

He noted that he would love to someday work with veteran producer and composer Jon Brion. “Jon is an amazing film composer and producer,” Carney said.

Success

On his definition of the word success, he responded, “You need to look for success in the small things, only then it can grow into something bigger.”

To learn more about actor and musician Reeve Carney, follow him on Instagram.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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