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Broadway Actress to Leave Troubled 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark'

It seems that the already beleaguered production of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is suffering yet another set back, as lead actress Natalie Mendoza, who plays villainess Arachne, will be leaving the show after suffering a concussion last month during the show’s previews.

The New York Times cites two people who work on the show and spoke to the paper on the condition of anonymity.

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Natalie’s reps and the producers of the show are said to be in the process of finalizing her exit agreement, with an official statement in the pipes for a few days from now.

Her character was created just for the show by director Julie Taymor, and is a role that requires her to fly through the air upside down at times. After suffering a concussion and subsequent painful headaches and nausea, this kind of action was difficult for Natalie to perform.

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Natalie’s understud, America Olivo, is expected to take over the part. Last week, another actor in the show, Christopher Tierney, was hurt when his flying harness failed, sending him on a 30-foot drop and resulting in minor injuries.

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