Your friendly neighborhood MTV Splash Page editor was in attendance at a performance of "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" last night, and while there were a few technical glitches that stalled the show, there didn't appear to be any on-stage injuries during the production. The same cannot be said of a performance last week, however, that put actress T.V. Carpio out of commission for two weeks.
Carpio, who plays the eight-legged, goddess-like Arachne in the musical, suffered the undisclosed injury during a March 16 preview performance, according to The New York Times. The report indicates that the injury occurred during a fight scene with actor Matthew James Thomas, who replaced Reeve Carney as Peter Parker for that night's performance.
Carpio has been replaced by America Olivo as the show's Arachne, and played the role during last night's performance, which featured a high-flying, wire-assisted brawl between Spider-Man and Arachne in Act II — rumored to be the scene in which Carpio's injury occurred.
Olivo is actually the third actress to play Arachne in the troubled musical, which saw original castmember Natalie Mendoza depart in December after suffering an injury. The actress suffered a concussion during the show's very first preview performance in November, and officially exited the show a month later.
At the time, Mendoza's injury was already one of several accidents that plagued the budget-busting Broadway musical. Since then, things have only seemed to get more difficult for the production, which suffered under the weight of overwhelmingly negative reviews and frequent technical glitches. (There were two moments during last night's performance in which the show had to be halted or slowed due to technical problems.)
Most recently, director and co-creator of the musical, Julie Taymor, departed the show under intense pressure from producers. The official premiere for "Turn Off the Dark" was once again pushed back — this time to June 14 — as the show undergoes a massive overhaul under its new creative team, which includes comic book writer and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
One change rumored to be under consideration is a reduced role for the Arachne character, who is Taymor's own creation and said to be one of her favorite elements of the production.