There's a new Arachne in the most expensive show on Broadway. The producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" have announced that T.V. Carpio will play the villainess spider-woman in Tuesday night's show.
The 29-year-old, whose full name is Teresa Victoria Carpio, was originally cast in "Spider-Man" as Miss Arrow, the only female member of the "Geek chorus" in the musical. The Hong Kong native and alto soprano played Gail in Spike Lee's She Hate Me and Prudence in Julie Taymor's feature film Across the Universe. Carpio also played the role of Arachne several times during preview performances of "Spider-Man," which is directed by Taymor.
“She is fantastic,” Michael Cohl, the show's lead producer, said of Carpio in a press statement on Tuesday morning. “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.”
Alice Lee, who is in her last year at N.Y.U., will take over the role of Miss Arrow.
The original Arachne was played by Natalie Mendoza, 30, who sustained a concussion when a rope hit her backstage in the first preview performance of "Spider-Man" on November 28th. Mendoza left the production last week. Three other actors have also been injured during the show, including lead stunt man Christopher Tierney who suffered a skull fracture and broken ribs when he fell more than 20 feet into the orchestra pit during an flying maneuver on December 20th. Tierney is currently in rehab, and the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident.
The $65 million musical was originally scheduled to open in previews last February and is now set to open on February 7th. The score of the show was composed by U2's Bono and the Edge.