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OTRC: 'Spider-Man' Broadway musical casts 'Across the Universe' star in lead role

Reeve Carney and the Ensemble rehearsing for the new 'Spider-Man' musical in 2010. (Jacob Cohl / facebook.com/TurnOffTheDark)

Despite several injuries suffered by actors on stage, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" musical is moving ahead with production and has cast 'Across the Universe' star T.V. Carpio in the lead of the villainess Arachne, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Carpio will replace actress Natalie Mendoza who left the production last week after she suffered a concussion in November when she struck in the head by a rope holding a piece of equipment. Mendoza as saying in a statement: "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."

A stunt actor, Christopher Tierney, who fell 30 feet while playing Spider-Man on Broadway, is scheduled to go home within days, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Tierney, who served as a stunt double for the show's main star Reeve Carney, suffered a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae in a 10 foot fall on Dec. 20 during a performance of the show. He underwent back surgery.

The 31-year-old's accident marked the fourth injury the show has seen since it opened in previews in late November. The musical is the most expensive Broadway production with a budget of $65 million. Its score was produced by Bono and the Edge of the rock band U2.

Carpio's highest profile role was in the Beatles-inspired musical film "Across the Universe," which was directed by "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" director Julie Taymor. Taymor also co-wrote the play. The actress is set to make her official debut in the role on Tuesday night; however, she has played the role in several preview performances. The show's official opening date is February 8.

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