Kidsday interviews 'Spider-Man' actress

Actress Rebecca Faulkenberry who stars as Mary Jane

Actress Rebecca Faulkenberry who stars as Mary Jane in the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" with Kidsday reporters Mia Batkiewicz, C.J. Janelli and Morgan Batkiewicz, all 10 from Dix Hills, in Rebecca's dressing room at the Foxwoods Theater in Manhattan. (June 21, 2012) (Credit: Newsday/Pat Mullooly)

We saw the best Broadway show ever! It was the musical: "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." It is playing at the Foxwoods Theatre in Manhattan. Our favorite scenes were when the mad scientist, Norman Osborn, transformed himself into the Green Goblin, and the ending scene, when Spider-Man and the Green Goblin were falling down the Chrysler building and they were flying over the crowd fighting. We also caught lots of webs that Spider-Man shot out over the audience at the end. It was a romantic, action-packed show.

We also loved the scene when the Green Goblin introduced the Sinister Six, which included Swiss Miss, Kraven the Hunter, Carnage, Swarm, Lizard and Electro. The fighting looked really realistic. There were a lot of songs, and the singers were great. This show is not like any other. Before the show, we had the opportunity to go backstage to interview Rebecca Faulkenberry in her dressing room. She stars as Mary Jane.

What was your favorite scene in the show?

I love flying. At the end, I get to fly with Spider-Man. That's really fun, and I like the fire escape. The fire escape scene is probably my favorite. That's when we come in from the very, very top of the theater. I think it's about 60 feet off the stage, and we're sitting on a fire escape, which is probably as wide as this couch. It's just nice and easy and we're just sitting and just talking like I'm doing right now. So you don't have to perform, you don't have to move as much. It's just very easy. I like it, it looks very pretty from the audience.

What is your favorite song?

I have two. "If the World Should End," because that's kind of my song, my big solo. It's just so simple and so beautiful, as well as the melody. So I like doing that, and then "No More," which is the first song I sing, and it's a duet with Peter Parker. I like that one because it is quite soft and almost like soft-rock lullaby-ish. And "No More" has a lot more belt to it, and really singing in it. I know the last show I did, I did a lot, everything -- belting, singing really hard and really loud and using your chest. It was all that. It's nice to do it once, and now I enjoy it because I only do it a little bit.

Did you ever get stage fright?

Yes. When there's someone in that is involved with the show, one of our producers, or one of our writers that makes me nervous. And someone that's famous, a celebrity, that doesn't make me nervous because they can't fire me from my job. But if it has something to do with writing the show -- oh, I hope they like me. It's because I'm doing their work, I'm speaking their words or singing their songs. I have lots of different tricks that I try and do to stay calm. I'll sit in the dark and just breathe and try and relax.

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