December 31st, 2010
03:12 PM ET
The behind-the-scenes drama at the "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" musical continues to hold more twists and turns than the actual plot of the Broadway show.
Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the $65 million production, confirms to CNN that actress Natalie Mendoza, who played villainous Arachne, has officially dropped out after suffering a concussion during a performance last month. Her replacement will be announced next week.
"It has been a difficult decision to make, but I regret that I am unable to continue on 'Spider-Man' as I recover from my injury," Mendoza said in a statement. "I wish Julie [Taymor, the director] and the cast and crew every success with this production.”
“Julie and Bono and Edge... will be in the theater next week and for all of the preview performances leading up to the opening night, working on the show,” Miramontez tells Entertainment Weekly.
Despite all the controversy - and a December 20 accident that resulted in stunt actor Christopher Tierney being hospitalized and several shows being canceled - the cast remains upbeat.
"I think they were extremely proud to have given the performance they did when they came back last Thursday," Miramontez tells EW. "If anything, this has created a [sense of] solidarity.”
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