Performance Injury Sidelines Spider-Man Actress T.V. Carpio

By Kenneth Jones
22 Mar 2011

T.V. Carpio
T.V. Carpio
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

T.V. Carpio, the actress playing supervillain Arachne in Broadway's Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, will be out of the show until early April due to an injury sustained in a performance.

America Olivo is now playing the high-flying role at the Foxwoods Theatre, until Carpio's return. Spokesperson Rick Miramontez said in a March 22 statement, "T.V. Carpio sustained an injury on Wednesday, March 16 during an onstage battle scene with a fellow actor. On doctor's orders, she will be out of the show for the next two weeks."

An exact date for her return has not been announced.

Earlier this year, Carpio herself was named permanent replacement for actress Natalie Mendoza, the first Arache, who had suffered a concussion backstage in December 2010. Carpio's first official performance as Arachne was Jan. 4 at 8 PM. She had covered the role several times throughout the preview period following the injury of Mendoza.



Mendoza officially departed the production Dec. 30. Mendoza had suffered a concussion that occurred during the first preview of the musical when, standing offstage, she was hit on the head by a rope that was holding a piece of the production's equipment.

In a Jan. 3 statement, director Julie Taymor said, "T.V. is a superb singer and actress whom I've loved since we worked together on 'Across the Universe.' 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."

Lead producer Michael Cohl added, "She is fantastic. 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 had been a principal cast member in Spider-Man in the role of Miss Arrow. Alice Lee (Spring Awakening) joined the production to step into the role of Miss Arrow, for Carpio.

Carpio appeared in the Taymor-directed film "Across the Universe" as Prudence. She made her Broadway debut in Rent in 2006. Read Playbill.com's recent Diva Talk interview with Carpio

After more revisions, a brief shutdown and more rehearsals, the opening night for Spider-Man will be June 14, the producers previously announced.

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