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Update: Injured Spider-Man actor walking for the first time since fall off stage

12.28.2010

UPDATE - In a related story, another injured actor from the production, Natalie Mendoza, who suffered a concussion when a piece of equipment hit her in the head off-stage, is leaving the show. Mendoza, who played the villainous Arachne, has not released a statement but is said to still be dealing with issues from the concussion and was advised by her doctors not to return. Mendoza was also close friends with Tierney [below] and one can only wonder if his injury helped inform her decision. Mendoza will be replaced by her understudy, America Olivo.

Christopher Tierney, the "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" actor who was rushed to the hospital on December 20th after falling off stage, has only now begun to start walking after back surgery. While Tierney, his injury and the ongoing circus that is "Spider-Man" on Broadway may have been the punchline for a number of jokes, doctors told Tierney's family he was lucky to be alive after fracturing his skull, scapula and elbow along with a bruised lung four broken ribs and three fractured vertebrae.

Despite all those injuries, which would probably make me want to swear off the Great White Way forever, Tierney's father told the New York Times that his son "just cannot wait" to get back to performing in the show. I'm sure his doctors might disagree with that but you gotta appreciate the kid's moxie.

Doctors do expect Tierney to regain full mobility though he'll have a lengthy rehab process while his body heals around the pins and rods surgically inserted into his back.

Source: New York Times

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8:36PM on 12/27/2010

That's a badass

He's lucky he could have a full recovery. I had a real bad injury 8 years ago, and some days I still can't walk without wanting to cry. I wish him luck and persistence in becoming the best he can with what he has.
He's lucky he could have a full recovery. I had a real bad injury 8 years ago, and some days I still can't walk without wanting to cry. I wish him luck and persistence in becoming the best he can with what he has.
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6:13PM on 12/27/2010

Mike my friend....

Brilliant choice on the photo for the article. I burst out laughing. :-)
Brilliant choice on the photo for the article. I burst out laughing. :-)
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4:35PM on 12/27/2010
Just kill it, it is cursed
Just kill it, it is cursed
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4:28PM on 12/27/2010
why not a professor x musical!
why not a professor x musical!
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3:51PM on 12/27/2010
Good art is worth dying for, this bullshit musical abomination isn't.
Good art is worth dying for, this bullshit musical abomination isn't.
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3:48PM on 12/27/2010
A fatality wont stop the show but I bet you a fat lawsuit will.
A spider-man play is just as dumb of an idea as fire-wrestling. They need to pick a hero who doesn't spend the majority of his time fighting villains in midair.
A fatality wont stop the show but I bet you a fat lawsuit will.
A spider-man play is just as dumb of an idea as fire-wrestling. They need to pick a hero who doesn't spend the majority of his time fighting villains in midair.
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1:25PM on 12/27/2010
I agree with most of you guys! This spiderman musical was such a weird idea in the first place!!! With bad ideas come bad consequences.
I agree with most of you guys! This spiderman musical was such a weird idea in the first place!!! With bad ideas come bad consequences.
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1:11PM on 12/27/2010
Someone's going to die on stage in front of an audience and then they'll finally realize, "Oh, maybe this wasn't such a good idea."
Someone's going to die on stage in front of an audience and then they'll finally realize, "Oh, maybe this wasn't such a good idea."
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1:08PM on 12/27/2010
The demons have been hovering over this production too long. Please Taymor, throw in the towel.
The demons have been hovering over this production too long. Please Taymor, throw in the towel.
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12:52PM on 12/27/2010
Hope he gets better. Maybe now he can replace Garfield in the reboot? Maybe a trash can would make for a better choice to be Spider Man.
Hope he gets better. Maybe now he can replace Garfield in the reboot? Maybe a trash can would make for a better choice to be Spider Man.
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3:00PM on 12/27/2010
You wouldn't know good acting if it bit you in your ass, man.
You wouldn't know good acting if it bit you in your ass, man.
9:34PM on 12/27/2010
How bout if it sucked at my ass? Does that help you go on with your petty life terminal? Do you intact want to kiss garfield's orange ass cause you love him with a passion?
How bout if it sucked at my ass? Does that help you go on with your petty life terminal? Do you intact want to kiss garfield's orange ass cause you love him with a passion?
11:05AM on 12/27/2010
Hope he gets better. Just end this ridiculous disaster already.
Hope he gets better. Just end this ridiculous disaster already.
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10:36AM on 12/27/2010

get well soon

i feel bad for the guy and i hope he fully recovers. but i mean...this whole "project"...c'mon. yes pls get better and get back to performing, but not in this thing...this show (i use that term loosely).
i feel bad for the guy and i hope he fully recovers. but i mean...this whole "project"...c'mon. yes pls get better and get back to performing, but not in this thing...this show (i use that term loosely).
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