Following Injury, Spider-Man Actress T.V. Carpio Returns to Broadway Musical

News   Following Injury, Spider-Man Actress T.V. Carpio Returns to Broadway Musical
Following an injury sustained during a performance of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark in March, T.V. Carpio, the actress playing supervillain Arachne, returned to that production at Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre April 1 and played all performances throughout the weekend, according to a show spokesperson.

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

In a March 22 statement, spokesperson Rick Miramontez had said, "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."

America Olivo played the high-flying role at the Foxwoods Theatre during Carpio's absence.

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'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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