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Injured Actress Leaves Spider-Man

Injured Actress Leaves Spider-Man - Natalie Mendoza, who suffered an offstage concussion Nov. 28 during the first preview of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," has left the company, effective immediately, according to published reports.

Mendoza's rep, Shea Martin told Newsday a formal statement might be made later Tuesday about the actress. But he would not comment on The New York Times report about Mendoza's departure, which cited anonymous sources close to the production.

The actress, who played the sorceress/spiderwoman Arachne in the beleaguered $65-million mega-musical, was out two weeks before returning to the show Dec. 16. But she has not been back since Dec. 20, the night Spiderman stunt double, aerialist Christopher Tierney, fell 30 feet off a platform. Tierney, the fourth actor to have significant injuries from the show, is recovering from multiple injuries, including broken vertebrae that required surgery last week.

Injured Actress Leaves Spider-Man

After Tierney was taken by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital, Mendoza, 30, wrote on Twitter, "Please pray with me for my friend Chris, my superhero who quietly inspires me everyday with his spirit. A light in my heart went dim tonight."

When the show resumed last Thursday, Mendoza was out on what the company reported as "vocal rest." Her character appears in six major numbers, sings the title song and has some moderate aerial work. She has been replaced since then by T.V. Carpio, an actress who appeared in "Across the Universe," a film by the show's director Julie Taymor. Carpio is listed in the program as an understudy for Peter Parker's girlfriend Mary Jane. America Olivo, Mendoza's understudy, played the role during her earlier absences. It was not known who will replace Mendoza immediately.

Injured Actress Leaves Spider-Man


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