Actress Who Suffered Concussion Leaving Spider-Man Musical

12/28/2010 9:42 AM |

sad Spider-Man loses Arachne

Wouldn’t be the holidays without news of more delays, disasters and departures at Broadway’s biggest big-budget debacle, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Today, ArtsBeat reports that one of the show’s dark figures is turning off: Natalie Mendoza, who plays the new villainess Arachne, suffered a concussion during the first preview performance back in November when a rope holding a piece of equipment hit her in the head offstage. Since then her people and the show’s producers have been working on an exit agreement, and two tipsters who spoke anonymously to the Times suggest that an official announcement could be released later today. Mendoza hasn’t performed since December 20, when castmate and friend Christopher Tierney fell 20 feet after a harness malfunction. So, Spider-Man continues to be the best bet for daredevil understudies.