Standing in the wings, nursing his rope wounds, Thomas had plenty of time on his hands.
“For some reason,” says the lean, blue-eyed 25-year-old, “Julie saw something in me she liked.” So the native Brit packed up and came to Broadway, only to find himself splitting the role with someone Taymor liked even more: Reeve Carney, who played six “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” shows each week to Thomas’ two.
It was really an accident, Carney says with a charming laugh.
Hes not speaking of one of the five notorious incidents resulting in injuries that plagued the start of the shows previews in 2010prompting the citys more ravenous media outlets to declare the play a doomed cataclysm. Raised between New York and Los Angeles, Carney was brought up around show business (his great-uncle was the well-known actor Art Carney), but hed by all means hedged his bets on becoming a lifelong musician, after studying jazz guitar at USCs Thornton School of Music.
I wasn't sure if we should categorize him in music or what... ‘‘I didn’t know this till much later,’’ says Carney, who claims to have decided to be an entertainer at 8, ‘‘but they told me that they used to whisper ‘doctor’ and ‘lawyer’ in my ear because they were both musicians and wanted me to have an easier life than they had.’’ They worried needlessly. If you can walk through Times Square without tripping over a rolling suitcase, getting impaled by an errant umbrella, or obstructing a tourists cell phone photo op, you might hang a left on Forty-third Street and find yourself at the back door of the Foxwoods Theater.
A versatile performer whose great-uncle was Art Carney of ‘‘The Honeymooners,’’ Carney, 27, has made a respectable living, first as a child singer and actor, and more recently as the frontman for the Los Angeles-based rock band Carney. If you make it past security, punch in the proper code, and navigate your way through the bowels of the building, youll come across a door covered in autographs, perhaps from old inhabitants or recent admirers.