Matinee Spider-Man suffers head injury

Signage at the theater after the opening night Signage at the theater after the opening night preview of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" at the Foxwoods Theater in New York City. (Nov. 28, 2010) Photo Credit: FilmMagic

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Matthew James Thomas, who stars as Peter Parker/Spider-Man at Wednesday and Saturday matinees, injured his head backstage during Wednesday's performance and was taken to the hospital for stitches, Newsday's Linda Winer reports.

The production at Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre was stopped for about 10 minutes in the early part of the second act, after Thomas was offstage in transition from one scene to another. Reeve Carney, the head Spidey, was in the theater and stepped in for the rest of the performance.

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In a written statement, the producers described the injury as "minor," saying, "He is fine and will be back in the show for his next scheduled performance on Saturday."

Rick Miramontez, spokesman for the show, said Thomas was not hit on the head by anything. He was referring to a backstage concussion suffered by one of the actresses during the mega-musical's first preview on Nov. 28.

This was one of five injuries, six postponements, three replacements in the creative staff and more than 180 previews.

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