Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Gets New Baddie

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has a replacement for Natalie Mendoza, who left the role of Arachne after suffering a concussion. The role went to T.V. Carpio, an actress who has worked for director Julie Taymor in the film Across the Universe and who made her Broadway debut in Rent. She filled in for the injured Mendoza a few times, but her first performance as permanent Arachne happens Tuesday evening. She was already in the original cast, playing the role of Miss Arrow. Alice Lee will take over that role.

The musical, which continues in previews until February 7, just posted the third highest holiday week gross on Broadway, with $1.88 million for eight performances. That fell behind the Taymor-directed The Lion King at $1.99 million, and the perennial top-grosser Wicked, which grossed $2.2 million. With that level of business, maybe Spider-Man will pack them in, whether critics like the $65 million show or not.

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