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More injuries for Broadway's Spider-Man as harness snaps sending an actor falling off stage

12.21.2010

"While it may seem silly to shut down the production after all the money that has been spent so far, all it needs is one more high-profile snafu (i.e., another cast member getting injured) and I could see producers pulling the plug and cutting their losses."

That was from an article I wrote less than one week ago after producers confirmed that "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" would be delayed once again from its planned January 11th opening. Today comes that high-profile snafu as another actor from the production was rushed to the hospital after a flying harness snapped and sent the 31-year-old performer into a pit beneath the stage.

The accident occurred during the end of the musical as Mary Jane dangles from a bridge while Spider-Man swings in to save the day. As the actor reached the end of the bridge structure, his harness snapped and he fell off stage at least 8-10 feet (though some reports, including "The Today Show," which aired video of the accident this morning, have the fall at closer to 30 feet) while some equipment was propelled into the audience.

The show went dark and audience members recall hearing a woman sobbing and cries for "911!" A voice came over the theater PA system announcing that the show was over. As the theater was emptying, some audience members saw ambulances arrive and take the cast member away.

What does it mean for the almost comically doomed musical? Producers have yet to comment but it can't be good news...

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7:36AM on 12/22/2010

Just kill it

Just put this Abomination down now before it starts.
Just put this Abomination down now before it starts.
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3:55AM on 12/22/2010
the dc phantom.
the dc phantom.
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2:29AM on 12/22/2010
I have nothing to do with the show, but it seems to me that the problem lies in who they have working behind the scenes on this. Why don't they just fire who they need to, and get someone in there who knows what their doing.
I have nothing to do with the show, but it seems to me that the problem lies in who they have working behind the scenes on this. Why don't they just fire who they need to, and get someone in there who knows what their doing.
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11:41PM on 12/21/2010
Can it already. They should have given up when the money ran out at $30 million and Rachel Evan-Wood and Alan Cumming left the project.
I hate to call Bono prophetic, as it just feeds that ridiculously huge ego of his, but titling one of the lead songs "The Boy Falls From The Sky"... Man...
Can it already. They should have given up when the money ran out at $30 million and Rachel Evan-Wood and Alan Cumming left the project.
I hate to call Bono prophetic, as it just feeds that ridiculously huge ego of his, but titling one of the lead songs "The Boy Falls From The Sky"... Man...
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11:00PM on 12/21/2010
are they just holding off till a cast member dies to shut this shit down? Come on already just count your losses and shut er down
are they just holding off till a cast member dies to shut this shit down? Come on already just count your losses and shut er down
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6:10PM on 12/21/2010

Spider-Man...Spider-Man...

Clearly...NOT doing whatever a spider can.
Clearly...NOT doing whatever a spider can.
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4:54PM on 12/21/2010
It's just a disgruntled fanboy working backstage...
It's just a disgruntled fanboy working backstage...
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3:08PM on 12/21/2010
Is it just me or does this site update about the Spidey musical like every other day
Is it just me or does this site update about the Spidey musical like every other day
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1:09PM on 12/21/2010
Wow, looks like Spidy's powers are on the blink again, just like Spiderman 2.
Wow, looks like Spidy's powers are on the blink again, just like Spiderman 2.
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1:12PM on 12/21/2010
the actor must have been doing a happy go lucky strut on his way to getting into the harness, heh
the actor must have been doing a happy go lucky strut on his way to getting into the harness, heh
12:49PM on 12/21/2010

Good Lord...

This sounds like something out of a Christopher Guest mockumentary. "Waiting for Spider-Man."
This sounds like something out of a Christopher Guest mockumentary. "Waiting for Spider-Man."
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12:46PM on 12/21/2010
I blame Mysterio.
I blame Mysterio.
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1:11PM on 12/21/2010
or maybe the Tinkerer
or maybe the Tinkerer
12:11PM on 12/21/2010
real sorry for the actors but now it's just hilarious
real sorry for the actors but now it's just hilarious
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11:27AM on 12/21/2010

Yikes!

I wonder if his Spidey Sense started tingling on the way down. They should just stick the fork in this one, it seems as if this production has a phantom of its own.
I wonder if his Spidey Sense started tingling on the way down. They should just stick the fork in this one, it seems as if this production has a phantom of its own.
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11:25AM on 12/21/2010
Why don't the producers hire a common sense guy before starting projects like this. I'm no genius but if somebody said "What do you think of a Spider-ma play" I'd tell them it was the dumbest thing I'd ever heard of and the characters too technical for stage. Perhaps a wolverine musical, you need superheroes who aren't off the ground 99% of the time.
Why don't the producers hire a common sense guy before starting projects like this. I'm no genius but if somebody said "What do you think of a Spider-ma play" I'd tell them it was the dumbest thing I'd ever heard of and the characters too technical for stage. Perhaps a wolverine musical, you need superheroes who aren't off the ground 99% of the time.
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11:19AM on 12/21/2010
There's some Bialystock and Bloom shit going on here.
There's some Bialystock and Bloom shit going on here.
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10:54AM on 12/21/2010

Gone too far...

What's it going take take to end this? Next time it could be an actor flying on the harness, it snaps and he/she ends up landing in the audience injuring/killing someone.

It was a lost cause from the beginning but they've clearly rushed this and need to go back to the beginning or just dump it.
What's it going take take to end this? Next time it could be an actor flying on the harness, it snaps and he/she ends up landing in the audience injuring/killing someone.

It was a lost cause from the beginning but they've clearly rushed this and need to go back to the beginning or just dump it.
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11:05AM on 12/21/2010
Hear hear!
Hear hear!
10:50AM on 12/21/2010
This whole thing is a ridiculous waste of money. I hope the actor is okay, but I'm glad the production is running into such huge issues. Serves them right.
This whole thing is a ridiculous waste of money. I hope the actor is okay, but I'm glad the production is running into such huge issues. Serves them right.
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10:34AM on 12/21/2010
Julie Taymor's quixotic journey continues.
Julie Taymor's quixotic journey continues.
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10:21AM on 12/21/2010

sigh

This never should have been started in the first place.

P.S. What no tidbit?
This never should have been started in the first place.

P.S. What no tidbit?
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9:53AM on 12/21/2010
Time to cut their losses and turn it into a documentary. Something in the vein of Lost in La Mancha.
Time to cut their losses and turn it into a documentary. Something in the vein of Lost in La Mancha.
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9:44AM on 12/21/2010
Alternately, this could make for a great show about Broadway people trying to put on a doomed production. I've been a hold-out on this production, but I'm thinking the Fates really don't want it to succeed, which is too bad cuz I think Taymor's a demented genius.
Alternately, this could make for a great show about Broadway people trying to put on a doomed production. I've been a hold-out on this production, but I'm thinking the Fates really don't want it to succeed, which is too bad cuz I think Taymor's a demented genius.
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9:39AM on 12/21/2010
This is just embarrassing now.
This is just embarrassing now.
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10:19AM on 12/21/2010
lol
lol
11:39PM on 12/21/2010
Only just? Its embarrassed me for a while now, at least 18 months!
Only just? Its embarrassed me for a while now, at least 18 months!
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9:35AM on 12/21/2010
I bet the crowd got want they were hoping to see. It's like going to a NASCAR race, you're just anxious for a car wreck to happen.
I bet the crowd got want they were hoping to see. It's like going to a NASCAR race, you're just anxious for a car wreck to happen.
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8:52AM on 12/21/2010

"Have you had an accident or injury in the workplace?"

I'm assuming accident/injury at work lawyers are on the edges of their seats with this one. "Oh boy what's gonna happen next!"
I'm assuming accident/injury at work lawyers are on the edges of their seats with this one. "Oh boy what's gonna happen next!"
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