May 16, 2012 | 6:33 p.m.
Long before Andrew Garfield or Tobey Maguire ever went up the wall, Nicholas Hammond amazed young fans by leaping across the screen as the amazing Spider-Man. The actor was no stranger to pop-culture sensations — he played the Friedrich von Trapp kid in “The Sound of Music” (one of the three biggest hits in film history, if you go purely by the number of tickets sold) and figures prominently in a classic episode of “The Brady Bunch” — yep, he was the guy who broke a date with Marcia Brady when she got bonked on the nose with a football. Guest writer Mark Edlitz (who recently wrote about Broadway’s Superman for Hero Complex) interviewed him. HC: This is the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man and the 35th anniversary of “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the CBS series that you starred in it. There’s also a new onscreen Spider-Man […]
April 14, 2012 | 8:00 a.m.
This post has been corrected. See below for details. Pop quiz: Name the Broadway musical based on a comic book in which an actor playing a superhero fell from his safety harness while flying through the air. If you answered, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” you’d be wrong. Spider-Man doesn’t fly; he swings. The correct response is “It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Superman,” the 1966 musical about the Man of Steel. The show boasted an impressive pedigree; it was directed by Hal Prince (who made a name for himself with “West Side Story” and “Cabaret”), with music and lyrics by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams (the team behind “Bye Bye Birdie”) and the book was written by David Newman and Robert Benton (who, more than a decade later, would co-write Richard Donner’s “Superman: The Movie“). For the dual […]