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Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man’ finds replacement for injured actress who left show

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The accident-prone production of ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ on Broadway has announced an official replacement for actress Natalie Mendoza, who has played Arachne during preview performances but who left the prodution after sustaining a concussion backstage.

T.V. Carpio has officially taken over the role, producer Michael Cohl said in a statement. Carpio had been cast as Miss Arrow but has been covering Arachne — along with actress America Olivo — since Mendoza’s departure. Her first official performance as Arachne is scheduled for Tuesday evening.

For Miss Arrow, producers have hired actress Alice Lee, who is new to the musical.

‘Spider-Man’ has experienced a number of cast injuries while in rehearsals and preview performances. In late December, actor Christopher Tierney sustained multiple injuries when he fell 30 feet to the stage after a stunt accident. During rehearsals, some performers also sustained injuries, including a broken wrist and an injured foot.

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Mendoza suffered a concussion during the show’s first preview performance Nov. 28 when she was reportedly hit on the head by a rope while backstage.

The injuries have prompted visits from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the New York State Department of Labor. ‘Spider-Man,’ directed by Julie Taymor and featuring a score by Bono and the Edge, has missed a number of planned opening days as a result of technical and creative problems. The $65-million show features high-altitude acrobatics and other aerial stunts. The official opening date is set for Feb. 7.

— David Ng

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