A return to the Great White Way

Robert Cuccioli, you may recall, was the subject of a profile we ran back in December.

I had the chance to chat with the New York-based actor and singer for our “Naughty or Nice” issue, and we playfully hinted he was familiar with both traits from his Tony Award-nominated stint in “Jekyll & Hyde.”

Back in 1997, Cuccioli originated the title (and dual) role of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, a performance that also earned him and Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards.

Though he’s worked steadily ever since – and has longstanding associations with the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford and the White Plains Performing Arts Center – “Jekyll & Hyde” remained his last Broadway production.

Until now.

Starting Aug. 7, Cuccioli steps into “SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark” at the Foxwoods Theatre on 42nd Street. He will take on another dual role, as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin. (Patrick Page, who originated the role, leaves Aug. 5 for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s “Cyrano De Bergerac.”)

“There aren’t a lot of actors out there who can pull off utterly likable and totally terrifying at the same time, and so we feel extremely lucky that the great Robert Cuccioli has agreed to take on this role,” producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris said in a statement.

Here at WAG, we say “Break a leg, Mr. Cuccioli”!

For more details, visit SpiderManOnBroadway.com or robertcuccioli.com.

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