It’s not so easy being Green

After months of guarded speculation, it’s confirmed: Julie Taymor’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will open on Broadway Dec. 21. And despite the $60 million production’s closed set, we were able to speak with Patrick Page, who snagged the role of Green Goblin.

How did you get this role?

About a year and a half ago, I went in to read and sing for Julie Taymor and some of the creative team [Bono and the Edge contributed the music and lyrics]. I’d worked with [Taymor] before on “The Lion King” and it seemed to be a good fit. There was a long period in between when the role had been offered to Alan Cumming, who is a wonderful, sensational, Tony Award-winning actor. As often happens with wonderful, sen­sa­tional, Tony Award-winning actors, he got snatched up by a television show and got nominated for an Emmy. So that was my good luck.


You’re playing the supervillain; is it physically strenuous?

The show will be physically strenuous. Among the many things that it is, it’s an action-adventure. There’s fighting and flying and dying. I imagine it will end up being a physically challenging part when all the pieces are put together. Right now, we are running each scene multiple times so the challenge is doing the same scene all day long. You go home pretty tired. The real challenge is when you end up running the show eight times a week.

How would you sum up the show in one word?

Unprecedented. Nothing like it has ever been on Broadway before, and it is a quantum leap forward from the work that [Taymor] has done. She took it to a whole new place with “The Lion King” and now she’s had nearly a decade and a half to grow as an artist. She now brings that wealth of experience. So, it’s a whole new thing.

If you go:
Tickets are available now via or 800-745-3000.
Previews begin Nov. 14; opening night is Dec. 21.
Prices: $67.50-$140

Theater listings

This fall is packed with legendary productions and performances, from Cherry Jones in “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” to Al Pacino in “The Merchant of Venice.” Here’s what to check out:

‘The Merchant of Venice’
Didn’t feel like standing in line to catch the Shakespeare in the Park production this summer? No worries — now you can see Al Pacino as Shylock when the production transfers to the Broadhurst Theatre next month. But this time, you’ll have to pay. Previews: Oct. 19
Opening: Nov. 7
Broadhurst Theatre
235 W. 44th St.

‘Mrs. Warren’s Profession’
Cherry Jones, who made “Doubt” such a smash success (Meryl Streep in the movie version could hardly compete, and that’s saying something), returns to Broadway in this re-launch of George Bernard Shaw’s 1893 play.
Previews: Sept. 3
Opening: Oct. 3
American Airlines Theatre
227 W. 42nd St.
$67-$127, 212-719-1300

‘Time Stands Still’
The year of Laura Linney (surely you’ve seen the copious amount of press she’s generated for her new show, “The Big C”) continues at the Cort Theatre this fall. In the Tony-nominated “Time Stands Still” — which had its first run at the Manhattan Theatre Club — Linney plays a strong-headed, wounded war photojournalist who tries to reconnect and refocus with her partner, the foreign correspondent James (Brian d’Arcy James). Christina Ricci makes her Broadway debut and the talented Eric Bogosian rounds out the supporting cast.
Previews: Sept. 23
Opens: Oct. 7
Cort Theatre
138 W. 49th St.

The oddest couple in all the land — the NFL and Broadway — are working together to bring you “Lombardi,” a play about the legendary football coach. This adaption of the best-selling biography “When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi,” stars Dan Lauria as Vince and Judith Light as his wife, Marie.
Previews: Sept. 23
Opens: Oct. 21
Circle in the Square Theater
1633 Broadway
$115.00-$202, 212 239-6200

‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’

Patti LuPone! Sherie Rene Scott! David Yazbek! All these heavyweights come together to present this adaptation of the 1988 camp comedy by Pedro Almodovar.
Previews: Oct. 2
Opens: Nov. 4
Belasco Theatre
111 W. 44th St.

Dance listings

‘Swan Lake’
on sale now.

Oct. 13 through Nov.7,
New York City Center,
130 W. 56th St., $25 -$110,

‘Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake’

In 1998, “Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake,” the interactive reinterpretation of the classic ballet, took home three Tony Awards. Now the hit returns for a very limited engagement (we’re talking a month here, people) at New York City Center. Tickets are

New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
Through Oct. 10
20 Lincoln Center Plaza
$20-$135, 212-870-4071

Ballet for grown-ups in this rare fall season, including new work by Benjamin Millepied and favorites by Balanchine and Robbins.

Fall for Dance
Sept. 28 through Oct. 9
New York City Center
135 W. 55th St.
$10, 212-581-1212

This series offers 20 tastes of the season’s top events, ballet and modern from all over the world, four a night, cheaper than a movie. Best dance deal in town!

‘Autumn Crossing’
Sept. 29 through Oct. 2
The High Line, Chelsea Market Passage at 16th Street

Naomi Goldberg Haas’ Dances for a Variable Population offers a new work, outdoors but under cover, on the spectacular elevated park, to music of the Warsaw Village Band.

Trisha Brown Dance Company
Sept. 30 through Oct. 3
Whitney Museum
of American Art
945 Madison Ave.
Free-$18, 212-570-3600

“Off the Wall: Part 2” celebrates the company’s 40th anniversary with iconic works from the ’70s that include the body in live performance or in front of the camera.

Ralph Lemon
Oct. 13-16, 7:30 p.m.
BAM Harvey Theater
651 Fulton St.
$20-$45, 718-636-4100

Inspired by Lemon’s ongoing creative relationship with a 102-year-old former sharecropper from the Mississippi Delta, “How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?” also par­takes of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1972 sci-fi film “Solaris.”

Daniel Gwirtzman
Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
Ailey Citigroup Theater
405 W. 55th St.
$10-$20, 212-543-1367

After 15 years leading his own troupe, Gwirtzman presents “The Lecture,” a solo that mixes the serious with the comic, immersing us in abstraction and the science of dreams.

Arts & culture listings

‘Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen’
Through March 14, 2011
The Museum of Modern Art 11 W. 53rd St.

Obsessed with what tiles to pick for your kitchen backsplash? Or whether to go with sleek, all- white cabinets or warm walnut instead? You’re not the only one who understands the importance and beauty behind a well-designed kitchen. This show looks at how the kitchen — arguably the most important room in a home — has transformed over the years, while exploring its cultural impact.

‘Roy Lichtenstein Reflected’
Through Oct. 30
Mitchell-Innes & Nash
534 W. 26th St.

Even if you don’t recognize Lichtenstein’s name, his work is unmistakable, having been co-opted in billions of pop culture references due to the comic-book feel of much of his work. This 12-piece collection, focusing on his thematic, career-long attraction to reflection, mirrors and doubling, will be the fourth solo show of his work at the gallery.

‘50 Years at Pace’
Tomorrow through Oct. 23
Pace Gallery
32 E. 57th St.
534 W. 25th St.
545 W. 22nd St.

Celebrating its 50th birthday, Pace Gallery will be displaying works from some of the art world’s most notable luminaries. Featured works include those from Pablo Picasso, Willem DeKooning, Chuck Close, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. Each of the three Pace locations will highlight different groupings of this museum-quality show.

‘Yoshitomo Nara:
Nobody’s Fool’
Asia Society Museum
725 Park Ave.

Renowned Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara’s dark, pissed-off, punk-music-loving — and yet adorable — characters are on display in the artist’s first major NYC exhibition, featuring more than 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and large-scale installations.

‘The Butterfly Conservatory’
Oct. 16 through May 30, 2011
The American Museum
of Natural History

Fall means the exquisite winged creatures are back at the American Museum of Natural History. Meditate away from the hustle and bustle of daily life by getting back to nature.

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