Spiderman actor injured at preview

Dec. 4, 2010 at 10:06 AM
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NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A third actor has been injured in the Broadway production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," lead producer Michael Cohl confirmed.

Natalie Mendoza, the actor who plays the character Arachne, was hit on the head by a rope during the show's first preview and sustained a concussion, the New York Post reported.

She is the third actor injured in the production in about six weeks. In the $65 million show, it is Mendoza's character that bites Peter Parker, turning him into "Spider-Man."

Mendoza was injured at the production's first preview Sunday.

"Natalie Mendoza suffered an injury earlier this week, and on doctors' orders will be out of the show for a brief period," Cohl said. "We look forward to welcoming her back to the production very soon."

In October an aerialist broke both wrists when he slammed onto the stage during a flying stunt, and in a different incident another actor broke his foot.

Mendoza's understudy, former Playboy cover model America Olivo, will take over the role of Arachne until she returns.

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