Reeve Jefferson Carney (born April 18, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter and actor most known for originating the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway. He also played Dorian Gray in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful and Riff Raff in the Fox musical television film The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again.
Reeve was born and raised in the West Village area of Manhattan with his brother Zane and sister Paris. He grew up in a family of musicians and actors: his father, John, was a songwriter for commercials, his mother, Marti, was a singer, actress and a jewelry designer and his great uncle was Academy Award-winning actor Art Carney. He knows how to play the piano and began singing for radio and television commercials. At the age of 8, he was chosen to sing in a live performance and video at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall with Peter, Paul and Mary. Two years latter, he recorded a song with a children's choir on Michael Jackson's album, HIStory.
In order to get a music education, Reeve attended the Academy of Music at Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles with his brother, Zane, and future bandmates Aiden Moore and Jon Epcar. He went on to study at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, majoring in studio jazz guitar.
Reeve started to play guitar at age 12 and three years later he was playing guitar professionally at B.B King's night club in Los Angeles. When living in California, Reeve released his first EP "Looking Glass" in 2004 and promote it by performing with other musicians, including Jonny Lang. At age 22 he signed with Interscope and formed his jazz-infused rock namesake band, Carney, consisted of Reeve (songwriter, vocals and guitar), his brother Zane (guitar), Aiden Moore (bass) and Jon Epcar (drums). The band’s vision and talent led the manager David Sonenberg to work with them. Carney released their first EP "Nothing Without You" in 2008 and their debut album, "Mr. Green Vol. 1", in May 2010. In 2009 the band went on tour with The Veronicas in their Revenge Is Sweeter world tour and in 2011 they opened for Arcade Fire and U2 in Moncton, Canada on July 30 on the final date of the U2 360° Tour.
When acting on Broadway, Reeve was invited to be part of the album "Broadway's Carols for a Cure" in 2011 ("St. Nicholas Sky" ft T.V. Carpio) and 2013 ("A Savior is Born"). Reeve also recorded the single "Rise Above 1" with Bono and The Edge in 2011, an adapted song from the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Apart from making his own music, Reeve also writes songs for soundtracks for films such as The Tempest (2010) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (2012). In October 2016 Reeve released his debut solo album, "Youth Is Wasted", totally written and produced by himself. Since then Reeve was on tour two times (Reeve Carney Fall Tour 2016 and Youth Is Wasted Tour 2017). Three songs of his album as well as the album itself, were nominated in six categories on the 16th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs). "Think of You" won "Best Song - Acoustic", "Resurrection" won "Best Song - Rock or Hard Rock" and the album won "Best Album - Adult Contemporary".
Reeve made his first appearance on the big screen in the film The Saint of Fort Washington (1993) with a small role. In 1999, Reeve got the role of the young Ishmael Chambers in the film Snow Falling on Cedars. His performance received amazing reviews and subsequently earned him the "Best Performance in a Feature Film" on 2000 Young Artists Awards. Reeve was part of the cast of a few films as a child actor before he decided to focus totally on music. In 2010, he was hand-picked by the director Julie Taymor to play Ferdinand in William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. Julie also cast Reeve for the lead role of Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway. During the auditions, Bono and The Edge, the show’s musical composers, were surprised by Reeve's vocals and he ended up being chosen for the role. He starred for 3 years as Spider-Man which began previews in November 2010. The rest of his bandmates performed as part of the pit orchestra for Turn Off the Dark. He played his final performance on Sunday, September 15, 2013. Meanwhile, in 2012, Reeve played Taylor Swift's love interest in her I Knew You Were Trouble music video. Taylor was a fan of Reeve's band, Carney, and came up with the idea.
In 2014, Reeve was cast as Dorian Gray in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful. The show had three seasons (2014-2016). During the filiming of the last season of Penny Dreadful, Reeve was in Kenny Ortega's radar to play Riff Raff, the Handyman, on Fox's remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He got the role on the two-hour musical television film and recorded three of the film soundtracks. The film premiered on the Foxnetwork on October 20, 2016.