'Spider-Man' Cast Fires Back at Critics Who Call the Show 'Embarrassing'
'I don't have any fear in terms of safety,' says newly cast T.V. Carpio
The stars of Broadway's long-plagued Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark are defending the show's production.
Tony Award-winning Alice Ripley recently called the $65 million production -- which has resulted in serious injuries of four of its stars -- "embarrassing to working actors everywhere … Does someone have to die?"
But on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday, star Reeve Carney said they appreciate "everyone's concern for our safety. It's an athletic event so you know that there's a certain amount of risk involved.
"The people on are crew are amazing; they care for our safety every day … we do trust them," he added.
Said star Patrick Page: "I wish they could be in the building with us and see the care [director Julie Taymor] takes and the care that our producer Michael Cole takes. I think they'd feel a lot better."
He added that Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing American actors and stage managers, has been in the building "virtually all the time" since the "very first day."
Christopher Tierney - who suffered four broken ribs and three cracked vertebrae, as well as several broken bones, from a 30-ft. fall Dec. 20 - said he even hopes to return to the show once his body has healed.
"The moment I feel I am good, I am back in that show," he said. "I can't wait."
T.V. Carpio, who is replacing Natalie Mendoza as villainess Arachne, said she only has one concern.
"I don't have any fear in terms of safety," she said. "I have a great want to step into Natalies's shoes and do the best I can do."
The show - the third-highest grossing show on Broadway the week of the New Year's holiday ($1.88 million) - is set to open officially Feb. 7.