3:02 pm - 11/21/2012

Former Degrassi star Jake Epstein to play Spider-Man on Broadway

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Are your Spidey senses tingling?

They ought to be, because the Star has learned that Toronto’s Jake Epstein will be taking over the title role in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, still playing to sellout houses on Broadway.

Epstein, 25, is best known for playing Craig Manning on Degrassi:The Next Generation, who played in a band on the show with Jimmy Brooks, played by the Aubrey Graham, now-better-known as the rapper Drake. Epstein was last seen locally as Will in the North American touring company of American Idiot.

“I was totally blown away when it happened,” Epstein told the Star. “I went down and did a standard audition, singing, acting and stuff and the next thing I knew, I was down in the theatre in a harness, learning how to fly. Just a little scary!"

Epstein will begin performances on Dec. 8, initially appearing in the role twice a week and serving as understudy at the other performances. The assumption is that he will stay with the show and eventually take on the role full time.

aww, i might just have to make the trip up from my school to nyc to catch a show
so_chic_doll 21st-Nov-2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
hahaha same!

i never even got to see them on tour-- but idk, i just loved the videos so much and the cast too. hahahaha
beautifulweddin 21st-Nov-2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
I got to see them on tour in orange county. mananged to get stage seats too so I was sitting next to lucas wells the entire time. it was amazing
so_chic_doll 21st-Nov-2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
ahhhh lucccccassss <33
beautifulweddin 21st-Nov-2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
it was amazing! and i wanted so badly to say something to him, but the lady before the show told us we werent allowed to talk with the cast while they were sitting next to us :(
so_chic_doll 21st-Nov-2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
you should've said, "boo you whore!"
beautifulweddin 21st-Nov-2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
i know! arg. its okay though, i went to the stage door after the show and took pictures with like all the guys and stuff.
so_chic_doll 21st-Nov-2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
aw <3
springandsummer 21st-Nov-2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
I got the next-to-Melchior stage seat on tour and was like "Yay, I can't wait until Kyle comes out :D Oh look, here are the boys. Huh, that looks like Chase is in the ensemble. Wow, Perry Sherman kind of looks like Jesse SwensOH FUCK PERRY IS MELCHIOR."
beautifulweddin 21st-Nov-2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
OMG YOU GOT PERRY AS MELCHIOR NOT FAIR. lucas and perry as by far my favs.
springandsummer 21st-Nov-2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
It was a complete surprise too! The understudy board said that Krystina was Thea, but nothing about Melchior. To make it even lulzier, someone video taped it :x
beautifulweddin 21st-Nov-2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
someone taped it? lol id like to see that.
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