'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' loses a lead actress: report

Natalie Mendoza, one of the lead actresses in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, is negotiating an exit from the Broadway show, The New York Times reports. Mendoza, who plays Arachne, a spider villainess created by the show’s director, Julie Taymor, has not performed since Dec. 20. The Times says the production has explained her absence as a doctor-ordered vocal rest, but hints that she was badly shaken by the fall her cast mate and friend Christopher Tierney suffered on Dec. 20. Mendoza herself sustained a concussion during the Nov. 28 performance when she was struck in the head by a rope holding equipment while standing offstage. Arachne, a role which involves slower-speed flying sequences, is instrumental to the show’s plot, and delivers its title song and sings on five others. Representatives for Mendoza and the production have not confirmed her departure, but are said to be working on an official announcement. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is set to open Feb. 7.

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  • Audience Member

    Not that she wasn’t talented and nothing against her, but the character she played that is so intricate in the plot is the reason the plot itself is so awful (mainly in the 2nd half where sh e is more prominent)

  • Keith

    Wow…the Spider-Man franchise just can’t catch a break.

    • Shay

      Do you think that Spiderman is deliberately being sabotaged ??? Just like Max and Leo did in The Producers. Possible. I hope not.

  • darclyte

    This sounded like a bad idea when it was announced, and it just seems to get worse and worse. Too bad there’s no way they can just cut their losses now. They pretty much HAVE to at least open. But they’re like a drill bit on a construction site, they’re totally…well, you can figure it out.

  • Keith

    I wonder how many other plays and musicals could have been made with the money they are pouring into this show. The whole thing has just become reckless and vulgar.

  • Dicazi

    This show is obviously just too dangerous to do. Stop it before someone gets paralyzed or dead.

  • Holly

    Even if I had the time and the money, I wouldn’t go to see a show in which there seems to be an excellent chance that someone will be injured during the performance. Not my idea of entertainment.

    • jules

      Exactly…I would be a nervous wreck just sitting there in the audience.

    • John

      That’s why sports are so unpopular.

      • Mills

        NASCAR fans are lining up to see Spider-Man.

  • QuinnMallory

    This show probably should have been done in Vegas with acrobats rather than in Broadway with actors.

    • steph

      so, it’s the performers fault?? Actually it is the fault of the producers and the director who for whatever reason are not putting any kind of priority on safety.

      • caryn

        I think QuinnMallory’s point is that the show hasn’t been well produced because good production would call for performers that can safely do the parts instead of Broadway actors that need to learn risky stunts.

      • jules

        These accidents have not been the actors’ and/or stunt performers fault! It’s the rigging and technical crap that’s been the culprit here.
        Doesn’t matter where this show is staged; it’s still going to be a dangerous mess.

      • Tag

        Broadway theatres are not very big, and many are quite old (although rennovated over theyears). A Vegas venue would be better equipped for this kind of production.

  • Luna

    I hope this all eventually works out because it sounds like a great idea and has potential, but it is not lookin’ so good right now. I know they’re trying to be daring and all that, but after all this money they keep pouring in and injuries etc., I have to wonder if it’s ever going to come together… IMO, they have been spending WAY too much money. They have to have limits.

    • LAJackie

      Really? A singing Spiderman sounded like a good idea? I thought it sounded like an awful idea.

      • Ashley G.

        I am with you LAJackie, this whole thing sounded crazy to begin with, they should just stop the show now

  • dee123

    This is fast becoming one of the most infamous shows in Broadway history.

  • Emmanuell Masso

    I got a chance to the show on the second Saturday of previews. ACT 2 is so unhinged and veers off so far from what we are introduced to in ACT 1. They really should have focused on an original concept instead of layering film and comic book aspects into the production. I found it so distracting to sit there and point out what was lifted from the films and what was lifted from the comic book. I would have preferred a Superman Musical to a Spiderman.

    • wasabi

      There already was a Superman musical, which focused too much attention on a secondary character created for the show, much like this one apparently does.

  • melissa


  • Baba Booey’s Terrible Throwing Arm

    You know what’s worse? Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” totally ripped off “Eye in the Sky” by Alan Parson’s Project. That’s what’s worse.

    • JR

      I still don’t understand why Alan Parson’s hasn’t sued. Did L.A. give them a payout?

    • Orange

      so I just went and listened to “Eye in the Sky” on youtube, and the chorus tune sounds similar, but I don’t think that it’s enough to be classified as a rip off.

  • reel_deal

    Can we finally put this one out to pasture? it’s clearly not working out and the body count is rising due to Julie Taymor’s hubris

  • pushabutton

    It’s so simple. STEP ONE: We find the worst play ever written, a surefire flop. STEP TWO: I raise a million bucks. Lots of little old ladies out there. STEP THREE: You go back to work on the books, two of them – one for the government, one for us. You can do it, Bloom; you’re a wizard! STEP FOUR: We open on Broadway. And before you can say STEP FIVE, we *close* on Broadway! STEP SIX: We take our million bucks and fly to *Rio!*

    • Robyn

      BAHAHAHAHA. Yes.

    • Silk Spectre

      HaHaHaHa! Unfortunately, I don’t think thats the case.(We can do it, we can do it…)

    • Heather

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought Bialystock and Blum were in charge of this production :)

  • fgsg

    Google in the input: (clshoe.us )you can find many brand names, even more surprising is that he will sell you the unexpected o(∩_∩)o

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