'Spider-Man' Broadway musical actor set to be released from the hospital
Christopher Tierney, a stunt actor who fell 30 feet while playing Spider-Man on Broadway, is scheduled to go home within days, reports the Associated Press.
Tierney, who serves as a stunt double for the show's main star Reeve Carney, suffered a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae in a 10 foot fall on Dec. 20 during a performance of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." He underwent back surgery.
The 31-year-old's accident marked the fourth injury the show has seen since it opened in previews in late November. The musical is the most expensive Broadway production with a budget of $65 million. Its score was produced by Bono and the Edge of the rock band U2.
The New York Times quoted audience member Steven Tartick as saying the accident occurred while Spider-Man was rescuing his love interest, Mary Jane, as she dangled from a rope attached to a bridge, and that Tierney appeared to trip and fall from the platform into an open pit at the end of the stage. Several people said they heard the actress playing Mary Jane crying.
The show's spokesman Rick Miramontez told the Associated Press on Saturday that Tierney will be released from a rehabilitation facility on Wednesday. Tierney's family told the wire service that the actor will recover at home in New Hampshire.
Meanwhile, producers have moved the show's official opening date from January 11 to February 7 and several performances have been canceled in recent weeks - December 30's matinee, January 11's evening show, January 12's matinee and February 8's evening show.
The musical last made headlines on December 30 when cast member Natalie Mendoza, who played the villainess Arachne, announced she left the production after suffering a concussion in November during its first preview performance.Mendoza as said in a statement: "It has been a difficult decision to make, but I regret that I am unable to continue on 'Spider-Man' as I recover from my injury."
"Nothing is more important than the safety of our Spider-Man family, and we'll continue to do everything in our power to protect the cast and crew," director Julie Taymor said in a statement on the musical's Facebook page on December 22.