'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark': Another Cast Member Injured

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Matthew James Thomas, who plays the title role for two performances each week, is the latest to be sidelined from the Broadway production.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has suffered another cast member injury after producers of the expensive Broadway production were hit with a lawsuit from director Julie Taymor.

Matthew James Thomas, who plays the title role during the Wednesday and Saturday matinees, was injured backstage during the Nov. 9 matinee performance, according to published reports. Thomas was taken to the hospital and was given stitches; the production was halted for about 10 minutes.

Reeve Carney, who portrays Peter Parker/Spider-Man for six performances each week and was in the Foxwoods Theatre when the injury took place, assumed the role for the rest of the show.

"Matthew James Thomas sustained a minor injury while offstage during today's matinee performance," said a spokesperson for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark in a statement. "He is fine, and will be back in the show for his next scheduled performance on Saturday."

Since the production opened last year, several actors and stunt doubles have been injured, including Natalie Mendoza (who was later replaced by T.V. Carpio) and Christopher Tierney.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark features music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, with a book co-written by Taymor, Glen Berger and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.