Natalie Mendoza suffered concussion Nov. 28
“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” co-star Natalie Mendoza, injured during the first preview of the new Broadway tuner, has departed the $65 million production, which is still in previews.
Mendoza suffered a concussion during the Nov. 28 performance when, standing in the wings at the Foxwoods Theater, she was hit by a rope holding production equipment. She returned to the show Dec. 1 but did not perform again until Dec. 16. On Dec. 20, actor Christopher Tierney was seriously injured when he fell 30 feet onstage in front of a live audience. That perf turned out to be Mendoza’s last in the show.
The next day, the actress tweeted, “Please pray with me for my friend Chris, my superhero who quietly inspired me every day with his spirit. A light in my heart went dim tonight.”
On Dec. 22, she tweeted again: “Take constructive action toward implementing your inner intuitive inclinations.”
Mendoza had played the role of Arachne; the “Spider-Man” book by director Julie Taymor and Glen Berger interweaves the Greek myth of Arachne with the Marvel comicbook story of “Spider-Man.” In the Broadway musical, Arachne makes the Spider-Man suit and, in the second act, she emerges as the tuner’s main antagonist. It is the Arachne storyline, which some observers have found confusing, that has come under increasing media scrutiny.
The opening night of “Spider-Man” has been postponed twice. Preem date is now Feb. 7, according to producers.