Carpio takes on Broadway with major baddie role in 'Spider-Man' musical

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 January, 2011, 12:00am

Home-grown star Teresa Victoria Carpio is looking to shine even brighter - on the Broadway stage. The singer-actress has landed the lead vixen role of Arachne in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the US$65 million musical directed by Tony Award-winning Julie Taymor with music written by U2's Bono and The Edge.

Carpio, daughter of veteran singer Teresa Carpio, was handed the role last week to replace Natalie Mendoza, who suffered concussion during a preview in November and then struggled with pain and nausea. The incident was one of a string of injuries to hit the show.

Carpio, 29, has had to act fast to prepare for the role of the seductive spider-woman who transforms Peter Parker into Spider-Man, with the long-delayed musical opening next month.

'This role is bigger but I'm happy to have even one month to tackle it,' she said in New York. 'I have watched my mother and have worked with her for many years, especially in Hong Kong, where people work at a very fast pace. It has prepared me to learn and absorb things quite quickly.'

Asked about the actors' injuries, Carpio said she wasn't too worried.

'Any production has its risks. I'm not asked to do anything I'm not comfortable doing, and there's always understanding and communication before anything new I do gets put into the show.'

Carpio has worked with Taymor before, starring as a bubbly cheerleader in the film Across the Universe (2007). 'Every day is quite a surreal experience. Having worked with this team before, it's like working with a family. I have grown tremendously working with them.'