Another performer injured in 'Spider-Man' musical
Word 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.
-- Mike Boehm
Photo: T.V. Carpio. Credit: Jenny Anderson / Broadway.com