New Lead Actress Named for Broadway's 'Spider-Man'

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T.V. Carpio will replace Natalie Mendoza as villainess Arachne in Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, producer Michael Cohl has announced.

Mendoza dropped out of the troubled Broadway production last week -- about a month after sustaining a concussion when a piece of equipment hit her on the head backstage.

Carpio appeared in Julie Taymor's Across the Universe. (Watch her sing, below.) Taymor also co-wrote and is directing Spider-Man on Broadway.

She will make her official debut Tuesday night, but has played the role in several preview performances. The show officially opens on Feb. 7.



"T.V. is a superb singer and actress whom I’ve loved since we worked together on Across the Universe,” Taymor told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “She brings a unique talent and take on the role of Arachne and is already mesmerizing audiences in the few previews in which she‟s performed. We are thrilled she is taking over the role”

“She is fantastic,” Cohl added. “When she was covering the role, we kept seeing the crowd leap to its feet as she took her bow. After about the sixth or seventh night, we realized we’d be fools not to give her the part.”

Carpio currently plays principal cast member Miss Arrow, a member of the geek chorus, in the show. She made her Broadway debut in Rent in 2006, and also appeared in Spike Lee’s She Hate Me.

Spring Awakening's Alice Lee will replace Carpio as Miss Arrow.

Christopher Tierney, the fourth actor to sustain an injury in the $65 million production, spoke out for the first time Monday.

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