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Another performer injured in 'Spider-Man' musical

March 22, 2011 |  4:39 pm

TVCarpioWord surfaced Tuesday that bad luck has struck the musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" again: Another cast member has been hurt in a production that has been plagued by injuries.

This time, lightning has struck twice in the same role. Rick Miramontez, the show's spokesman, confirmed that T.V. Carpio (pictured), who plays Spidey’s nemesis Arachne, was hurt March 16 “during an onstage battle scene with a fellow actor.” She is expected to sit out the next two weeks on doctor’s orders, with America Olivo taking her place.

Carpio switched from a lesser part to the Arachne role after her predecessor, Natalie Mendoza, suffered a concussion during the production’s first preview on Nov. 28, when she reportedly was hit by a rope backstage. Carpio and Olivo shared Arachne until early January, when Carpio was given the part.

A third during-performance injury occurred in late December when actor Christopher Tierney, serving as a Spider-Man double, fell to the stage during a flying scene; other injuries had occurred during rehearsals.

Budgeted at $65 million, the critically pilloried show is the most expensive production in Broadway history and is undergoing retooling on the fly, so to speak, as it aims for an official opening in June following what will by then have been more than a half-year of previews.


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-- Mike Boehm

Photo: T.V. Carpio. Credit: Jenny Anderson / Broadway.com

Comments () | Archives (5)

It's apparently going to take someone getting paralyzed before they'll finally shut this thing down for good.

OSHA will shut this thing down. They spent 70 million on this failure for what? They fired that producer too late. They kept giving her blank checks. Even if this show sells out for the next decade, they wont break even.

don't hurt anymore beautiful babes!!

I just woke in Sedona, Az to my usual sunny morning, steaming cup of coffee and pile of today's newspaper's. I was shocked to see the front page highlighted news. Elizabeth Taylor, age 70 dies due to congestive heart failure. We have lost an icon never to be replaced. I send the warmest condolences to the family. Regarding this spider Man production and its bad luck bad karma is following this show. Take head!! Close the show before worse comes to the performers.

Leave dangerous stunts to movie professionals. They don't have to do it live, and have more tricks up their sleeves. Besides, do we comic book characters to invade Broadway theater? We already have enough schlock!!


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