Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark , featuring direction by Julie Taymor (Across the Universe, Frida, The Lion King on Broadway) with music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy® Award-winners Bono and The Edge (from U2) will be holding open casting calls at major cities across the country starting next week.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is seeking principals and understudies for the roles of 'Peter Parker,' 'Mary Jane,' and 'Female Lead Villian.' The production is looking for performers with dynamic rock/pop voices including those with experience in bands and as solo performers. Regardless of experience, anyone who thinks they might be qualified is encouraged to audition.

Open casting calls are being organized by Telsey + Company (Rent, Across the Universe, Sex and the City, Wicked) and will be held in the following cities:

ORLANDO, FL (Thursday, April 9; 10 AM - 5PM)

Orlando Marriott World Center

8701 World Center Drive

Orlando, FL 32821

NEW YORK, NY (Monday, April 13; 10 AM - 5PM)

The Knitting Factory

74 Leonard Street

New York, NY 10013

LOS ANGELES, CA (Saturday, April 18; 10 AM - 5PM)

Hollywood United Methodist Church

6817 Franklin Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

SEATTLE, WA (Monday, April 20; 10 AM - 5PM)

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

CHICAGO, IL (Thursday, May 7; 10 AM - 5 PM)

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

AUSTIN, TX (Wednesday, May 27; 10 AM - 5 PM)

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

The production is looking for candidates to fill the following roles (both principals and understudies):

PETER PARKER - Male. 16-20's. Must have a great rock tenor voice. Can be nerdy with understated sex appeal and a good sense of humor.

MARY JANE - Female. 16-20's. Beautiful girl next door. Strong pop/rock singing voice required.

LEAD FEMALE VILLAIN - Female. 25-35 years old. All ethnicities encouraged. Must have an amazing rock voice. Think Sinead O'Connor with a Middle Eastern/Bulgarian/Greek twist. Foreign and/or world music types are great. Foreign accents are great.

WHAT TO BRING:

All interested people should bring a snapshot or photo of themselves and a brief pop/rock or rock song to sing. Please note that no accompanist or audio equipment will be provided.

For more information, updated casting call information, or if you are not able to attend any of the above casting calls, please e-mail: [email protected] or visit www.SpidermanOnBroadway.com.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will open in New York on Thursday, February 18, 2010.