Injured Spider-Man Actress Leaving Broadway Show

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December 28, 2010 | 2:15pm EST

Actress Natalie Mendoza has dropped out of Broadway’s troubled Spider-Man musical – one month after suffering a concussion during a preview show.
Mendoza, who played villainess Arachne in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, was hit in the head with a weighted rope during the production’s first preview performance last month.

She returned three days later but took another two weeks off after suffering nausea and a headache. Understudy America Olivo took over the role.

The actress recently hinted at her departure in posts on her blog, writing: “Can feel a trip to India coming on & visiting my magic little orphanage Ramana’s Garden in Rishikesh. Raising funds as we speak. Be the change.”

The New York Times reports Mendoza’s representatives and Spider-Man producers have been negotiating an exit agreement for days.

Mendoza is one of four actors who have suffered injuries during onstage mishaps in the $65 million (GBP43.3 million) production, and she is not the first star to leave the show. Earlier this year, both Alan Cumming, who was set to play the villainous Green Goblin, and Evan Rachel Wood, cast as Spider-Man’s leading lady Mary Jane, quit, citing scheduling difficulties.

All parties involved in Mendoza’s departure have refused to comment on the report.