Natalie Mendoza is reportedly leaving the musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" after suffering a concussion last month during its first preview performance, which marked one of several accidents that has plagued the production, the most expensive in Broadway history.
The 30-year-old actress, who played the villainess Arachne has not commented. Her representatives and the producers of the $65 million musical have in the past few days been working out an exit agreement, the New York Times reported, adding that she suffered her concussion after being struck in the head by a rope holding a piece of equipment.
A series of accidents has spurred an investigation of the show's safety protocols and its official opening date was moved from January to Febrary 2011. In late November, a harness malfunction left lead actor Reeve Carney stuck dangling in the air. Two other actors were injured during other performances.
One of them, Christopher Tierney, suffered a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae after falling 30 feet while performing a stunt. He was recently released from a hospital's intensive care unit and has begun inpatient rehabilitation, the Associated Press reported.
"Nothing is more important than the safety of our Spider-Man family, and we'll continue to do everything in our power to protect the cast and crew," director Julie Taymor said in a statement on the musical's Facebook page on December 22.