Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man’ Actor Enters Rehab and Actress Quits

“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’s” lead actor Christopher Tierney left the intensive care unit at the hospital and has been transferred to a New York City rehab facility. Tierney’s father said that the Spider-Man star has been able to walk with a torso brace on, according to The Associated Press.

Tierney suffered a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae after falling 30 feet from a ledge during a Spider-Man performance on Dec. 20. He wore a safety harness that didn’t sustain his fall. Tierney has currently begun inpatient rehabilitation.

The Broadway show continues to take disappointing hits. The leading actress who suffered a concussion during the show’s preview quit the production, according to Reuters.

The New York Times reports that Natalie Mendoza, who plays the role of the villainess Arachne, has been working on an exit agreement. She was struck by a rope while offstage. Mendoza and Tierney are two of the four Spider-Man performers who have sustained injuries in the Broadway show, which has been the most expensive production in Broadway’s history.

Despite returning for one performance, Mendoza, who is a lead performer in songs written by U2 and The Edge, expressed on her Twitter that “a light in my heart when dim tonight” after it was reported that Tierney was taken to ICU after plunging into the stage pit. 

The estimated $65 million show is rescheduled to open in February 2011 after cancellations and suspension for safety and security concerns.

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