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‘Hadestown’ star Reeve Carney brings musician siblings into spotlight

Clearly, the Carney family talent pool didn’t stop with “Honeymooners” star Art Carney — or even with his great-nephew, “Hadestown” star Reeve Carney. The latest generation of the clan  — Reeve, 36, and siblings Zane, 34, and Paris, 32 — will team for a one-night concert Sunday as the Carneys.

While the three performed original material together as part of Reeve’s six-member the Revolving Band since the mid-2000s, the trio’s never been their primary endeavor. Even their record label didn’t see their jazz-influenced group as, say, the next Jonas Brothers, plus sister.

“Our management was a little bit afraid of it coming across as too much of a family band in a von Trapp family sense,” says Reeve, laughing at the mention of the sugary “Sound of Music” clan. “I think they were worried it wouldn’t have a hard enough edge.”

Hard-edged or not, each Carney has succeeded on his or her own. Years before “Hadestown,” Reeve originated the title role in Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” before releasing his first solo album, “Youth Is Wasted,” in 2016. Grammy-nominated guitarist Zane has performed with John Mayer and performs covers on tour as Evan + Zane with “Westworld” star Evan Rachel Wood. And singer-songwriter Paris has written for Adam Lambert and toured with the Jonas Brothers — her husband is the group’s bassist Greg Garbowsky.

Reeve's great-uncle Art Carney won an Oscar for the 1974 film "Harry and Tonto."
Reeve’s great-uncle Art Carney won an Oscar for the 1974 film “Harry and Tonto.”20thCentFox/Everett Collection

Reeve often plays solo shows Sunday nights at Midtown’s Green Room 42, where you’ll catch him Sept. 8. On Monday, he’ll return there to take part in a concert of songs from the JFK assassination musical “Oswald.” Here’s what he told us.

Why do you like singing with your siblings?
Since you’re built from the same DNA, there’s something a little bit different from singing harmonies with your friends. Our speaking voices have similar tonalities, so if you get our voices together singing you can hear it there, too.

What do you remember about your great-uncle, Art?

He was very shy. I guess for someone so funny, you don’t expect them to be as quiet and shy as they are in real life. That was the case with my uncle. He was a very poetic, somewhat mild-mannered person off-stage.

On Sunday, will you have a chance to perform any high-flying, “Spider-Man”-like acrobatics?
(Laughs) No, no. Unless I bring a trampoline, but I’m not planning on it.

There’s a rumor you’re dating your”Hadestown” co-star, Eva Noblezada. True?
I heard that, too! … I like keeping people guessing, you know?

The Carneys will perform Sunday at 9:30 p.m. at Green Room 42 at Yotel, 570 10th Ave. at 42nd Street. Tickets $30-$75; TheGreenRoom42.com

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