After a twisted, obstacle-fraught path to actually getting on the stage, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark took a step toward an actual premiere when it began previews last weekend. But perhaps it was only a matter of time before things started to go awry again.
Now, the ambitious musical — directed by Julie Taymor and featuring music by Bono and The Edge — has seen its third serious injury since production began. The New York Post reported that Natalie Mendoza, who plays the villianess Arachne, has bowed out after suffering a head injury. Previously, an aerialist broke both wrists and another actor broke a foot.
A silver lining of all this is that Mendoza’s replacement, America Olivo, has appeared on the cover of Playboy. Or perhaps that’s just another sign of desperation. Either way, if the curtains ever open on this thing, that’s just another reason to be curious.