20 Questions with Spider-Man’s Reeve Carney
The star of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' on life as a Broadway headliner, the power of 'Pawn Stars' and the best place to eat in Times Square
Reeve Carney not only shoots webs as your favorite wall-crawling superhero in the hit Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, he’s also the front man of the up-and-coming rock band Carney. Accompanied by his brother Zane on guitar, Aiden Moore on bass, and Jon Epcar on drums, Carney’s debut album, “Mr. Green Vol. 1″ is now out on DAS Label/Interscope.
Before donning the familiar red-and-blue Spidey spandex, Reeve played young prince Ferdinand in Julie Taymor’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and starred in the acclaimed Snow Falling on Cedars. He was also featured in Taylor Swift’s recent video for her hit “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Reeve has played Spider-Man and his alter ego, the shy Peter Parker, since previews began in November of 2010.
Born and raised in Union Square and the Village, Carney is also a true-blue New Yorker. We asked him to give us a taste of his New York.
NEW YORK: What’s your favorite part of playing Peter Parker/Spider-Man?
REEVE CARNEY: My favorite part is the opportunity to exemplify something positive for the next generation. Having gone through enough in my own life, I understand and appreciate the power and the gift that it is.
What’s your dream role?
I’m living it, baby! Ha. I am a musician first, but as far as acting gigs go, it doesn’t get much better than this. That said, if I were offered the role of Norman Bates in a stage adapted musical version of Hitchcock’s Psycho, I can’t say I’d turn them down.
What’s your warm-up routine like before a show? Do you have any lucky charms or unusual rituals?
Discussing the rituals would defeat their purpose! But yes, I do have a pretty extensive warm up process. I still study vocally with a technique instructor every week, and I’m singing pretty much all day anyway. I can’t overemphasize the importance of training your instrument and your body so as to keep up with the demands of the Broadway schedule. Training, water and sleep.
What’s your favorite thing about New York?
The 24-hour Best Buy on 14th street.
Least favorite thing about New York?
The intense, slow moving foot traffic that seems to accompany Times Square, regardless of the hour.
What do you do after a show to unwind?
I’m always very hungry after the show, so I try and take care of that as soon as possible. Sometimes I see a movie on 42nd street. Most nights I go home and record my original music in a studio I’ve built in my apartment. And sometimes I watch Pawn Stars on the History Channel.
What’s one thing every tourist must do when in NYC?
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you on stage?
My fly has been down a few times, but I try my best to integrate it into the show, and hopefully make it come across as a character choice.
Favorite NYC celebrity sighting?
George W. Bush riding inconspicuously in the back seat of a black SUV up Eighth Avenue. At least, I think it was him…
Cab, subway, bus or walk?
All modes are useful depending on the circumstances. Thank God for all of them.
What’s the best pizza in New York City?
I’m a sucker for John’s on Bleecker. I also love Bella Vita, across from our theatre on 43rd street. I eat there quite a bit actually.
Where do you go for a post-theater nightcap?
Joe Allen is a classic Broadway hangout. I am also now an honorary member at the Jekyll and Hyde Club on 44th street!
What’s your favorite restaurant?
My new favorite discovery is this little BBQ place in Williamsburg—Fette Sau! There are so many great places in this city.
Gray’s Papaya or Magnolia Bakery?
Brooklyn Bridge or the Chrysler Building?
Aesthetically, I love the Chrysler building. But nothing beats a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge on a temperate afternoon.
What do you most enjoy doing on a day off?
Aside from working on my songs, I love just walking around the city, taking it all in.
If family members were coming to the show, where would you recommend they eat around the theater?
There are so many great places, especially depending on how much time you have to spend. 5 Napkin Burger on Ninth Avenue has some pretty interesting options. I enjoy that place.
Is there a special spot in NYC you love the most?
As a child, I was obsessed with the South Street Seaport. My mom and I used to go down there almost every single weekend. Still love it down there. So much history at that tip of the island.
What’s your perfect night out in the city?
It would definitely involve a nice long, leisurely walk. And some good company.