Fil-Am actress T.V. Carpio replaces Broadway’s Spider-Manfemale lead, also Fil-Am

Filipino-American actress T.V. Carpio has recently replaced the female lead in Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Natalie Mendoza, also a Filipino-American actress, who dropped out of the musical last week. Mendoza was one of the actors injured on the set of the major production a month ago when a rope holding a piece of equipment hit her on the head offstage, according to  The former female lead sustained a concussion during the accident.

Carpio had been performing as a member of Spider-Man’s Greek chorus, according to, but she has also played Mendoza’s role, the villain Arachne, in a few preview performances. Producer Michael Cohl said in a report by The Hollywood Reporter, "She is fantastic. 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." Spider-Man officially opens on February 7.


T.V. Carpio sings "I Want to Hold your Hand" in Across the Universe


Carpio, whose initials stand for Teresa Victoria, played a bisexual cheerleader in the movie Across the Universe, directed by Julie Taymor (who co-wrote and currently directs Spider-Man). She previously appeared in Rent and She Hate Me, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Born in Oklahoma in 1981, she is the daughter of Asian performer Teresa Carpio, reports

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