"Spider-Man" Star Out Of Intensive Care

Spidey star rehabbing while rumors swirl of another cast member trying to flee production

By Katie Honan
|  Thursday, Dec 30, 2010  |  Updated 11:10 AM PDT
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"Spider-Man" Star Out Of Intensive Care

AP/SpidermanonBroadway.Marvel.com

Christopher Tierney (inset) has been identified as the actor injured in the latest incident during a performance of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."

The actor who suffered a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae when he fell 30 feet while playing Spider-Man on Broadway is out of the intensive care unit and has begun inpatient rehabilitation.

Christopher Tierney fell Dec. 20 during a performance of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," plunging from a ledge into a stage pit despite a safety harness that should have prevented the spill.

His father, Tim Tierney, said his son was able to walk without a walker but with the help of a full-torso brace on Tuesday before being discharged from the hospital and transferred to a New York City rehab facility. 

It was also reported today that another cast member may be fleeing the production after suffering a concussion during previews

The Daily News reported that Natalize Mendoza, 30, who stars as the evil spider Arachne, is looking for a way out of the expensive, injury-plagued show.  She was hit in the head by a falling rope on November 28th, the first night of previews, and returned to the role but took time off after Tierney's fall on December 20th.  A spokesman for the show would not confirm Mendoza's departure, but reports say her team is working with the producers on an exit agreement. 

The $65 million show--the most expensive ever on Broadway--canceled two preview performances then reopened after instituting new safety and security measures. 

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