Monday, December 20, 2010

UPDATED: Another accident hits Spidey on Broadway

Much has happened since we brought you this story late last night.  First the very good news is that the stunt performer portraying Spidey last night, Chris Tierney, is doing well.  According to the New York Post, Actor's Equity has said that last night accident was the result of "human error."  This resulted in a shut down of the show until OSHA could conduct an inspection.  A spokesperson for Spider-Man:TOTD has said that new safety measures are being implemented immediately, and previews would resume on Wednesday evening.

Along with that news, the New York Post has gotten amateur (ahem...bootlegged) footage from last nights show.    

In the slow motion replay you can clearly see the wires holding Mary Jane lower her into the pit.  That's when we see Spidey's cable snap.

For more info on the story, take jump over to the New York Post.

During tonight preview performance of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark', one of the actors has been hurt.  Eyewitnesses are reporting that during a scene in Act 2 a cable snapped and the characters of Spider-Man and Mary Jane fell through a trap door.  It appears that they were supposed to make their exit through that door, but the cable was supposed to stop them.  Not the floor.  

One eyewitness (Brian Lynch) recounted via Twitter what he witnessed:

Someone took nasty fall. Screaming. 911 called. No idea what happened, kicked audience out.  No joke. No explanation. MJ and Spidey took what seemed to be a planned fall into the stage pit. Then we heard MJ screaming.

Another eyewitness account says that the actors fell two stories, and this witness quickly deleted their tweet about this.  That's not before Gawker got a screen grab of it.  (Yes kids, tweets are forever.)  Which leads me to believe that they may somehow be connected with the show.  While the lone tweeter could lose a gig because of the tweet, things are looking good for the web slinger who took the fall.  It does appear that the actor playing Spidey is conscious and reportedly doing okay. (Because he's a super hero, duh!)  News service OLV is reporting that the actor is "awake talking in ambulance on the way to the hospital.."  As of the writing of this story, no news has come out as to the condition of the actress playing "Mary Jane".  

This latest accident does not bode well for the production.  We covered what happened during it's first preview show, but things were beginning to look okay.  This accident though will probably require another inspection, which could mean that the producers have lost their opening date of January 11.  Depending on the severity of this accident, it could even mean the end of the show.  We will keep you updated with this story as more details come out.  

And they now have.  While working on the story, the official Spider-Man:TOTD Twitter feed has tweeted:
An actor sustained an injury at tonight's performance of Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark...He fell several feet from a platform approximately seven minutes before the end of the performance, and the show was stopped...All signs were good as he was taken to the hospital for observation. We will have more news shortly.
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