Julie Taymor taps “Across the Universe” star for “Spider-Man” role


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’ve grown accustomed to reporting on actors leaving Julie Taymor’s Broadway production of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” This morning, we have news of an actress joining the show.

That would be T.V. Carpio, an actress who has history with Taymor, having appeared as Prudence in the director’s Beatles tribute “Across the Universe.” Coming to Taymor’s aid, Carpio will replace Natalie Mendoza as Arachne after the actress walked away from the production last week following a concussion.

“T.V. is a superb singer and actress whom I’ve loved since we worked together on ‘Across the Universe,’” Taymor said in a statement. “She brings a unique talent and take on the role of Arachne and is already mesmerizing audiences in the few previews in which she’s performed. We are thrilled she is taking over the role”

“She is fantastic,” producer Michael Cohl added. “When she was covering the role, we kept seeing the crowd leap to its feet as she took her bow. After about the sixth or seventh night, we realized we’d be fools not to give her the part.”

Carpio was part of the principal cast, playing Miss Arrow, a member of the show’s Greek chorus, in the show. She will make her official debut tonight in the show.

Here are a few clips of Carpio singing in “Across the Universe” –


“I Want to Hold Your Hand”


“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”

“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” officially opens on Feb. 7.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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