Cuccioli swings to ‘Spidey’

Actor to replace Page as musical's villain

Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” has found itself a new bad guy, with Robert Cuccioli tapped to replace Patrick Page as the villainous Green Goblin.

Page, who exits the tuner next month, has been with the musical since it began its rocky preview period in November 2010. His performance was one of the show’s most favorably received elements throughout its long development process, and eventually the role — which encompasses both the Goblin and his alter ego, Norman Osborn — was expanded, in part thanks to the favorable response.

Cuccioli hasn’t appeared on Broadway since he toplined the 1997 musical “Jekyll and Hyde,” playing the double role for which he’s best known.

Despite its troubled development, “Spider-Man” has become a consistent top grosser on the Broadway boards, although the high weekly numbers (usually well over $1 million per frame) are mitigated by the technologically complex production’s high running costs.

Page departs “Spider-Man” on Aug. 5, prior to a fall stint in the Roundabout Theater Company’s upcoming Broadway revival of “Cyrano de Bergerac.” Cuccioli steps in to “Spider-Man” Aug. 7.

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