'Spider-Man' Broadway musical has another injury, performance postponed amid safety probe
"Spider-Man" the Broadway musical will postpone its Wednesday matinee performance and continue to investigate its safety protocols, officials said after actor Christopher Tierney, the main star's stunt double, was wounded after falling an estimated 10 feet during a stunt.
The 31-year-old's accident on Monday marked the fourth injury the show has seen since it opened in previews in late November. The musical, titled "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark", 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.
A spokesperson for "Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark" told The Hollywood Reporter that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Actors Equity and the New York State Department of Labor met with the Spider-Man company on Tuesday to "discuss additional safety protocols" and added that Wednesday's matinee has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
In late November, a harness malfunction left lead actor Reeve Carney stuck dangling in the air. He was not reported to be injured. During other performances, one actress suffered a concussion and two actors were injured by a slingshot technique meant to propel them through the theater, the New York Times said.
On Monday, Tierney, 31, "fell several feet from a platform approximately seven minutes before the end of the performance, and the show was stopped," a message on the musical's Twitter page said, adding: "All signs were good as he was taken to the hospital for observation."
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.
Meanwhile, producers have moved the show's official opening date from January 11 to February 6 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.
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