Yet more disaster struck yesterday for the seemingly cursed Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark Broadway show, when a fourth actor was injured by a fall.
New Zealand tourist, Jonathon Dealwis was at the show and he told CNN that he saw Spider-Man fall “about 6 metres.”
“Spider-Man was on a bridge, and Mary Jane was dangling from it,” Dealwis told reporters. “She drops down, as is meant to happen. Spider-Man went to the end of the bridge there. I think he was meant to sort of swoop over there, but he just fell off. … The harness, you could see it just flick off his back and fly backward.”
The fall occurred towards the end of the show, but the New York Fire Department reported that the 31 year old stuntman, whose name has not been given, was lucid after the accident.
Reeve Carney plays Peter Parker, but according to spokesman Jaron Caldwell, it wasn’t Carney that fell. There are nine stunt men to perform Spider-Man’s stunts, and it was one of those who was involved in the accident.
After the incident, Dealwis said: “It just went black, and the producer came on and said we’re going to pause for a moment. You could hear Mary Jane weeping.”
One of the producers then told the crowd that the show was over. Dealwis went on to say that some people “clapped awkwardly,” and one person “laughed mockingly,” which drew “disapproving glances” from others in the audience.
After the stuntman was wheeled away in a neck brace, another spokesperson for the show, Rick Miramontez said: “All signs were good as he was taken to the hospital for observation.”
Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark is the most expensive stage show in Broadway history and features words and music by U2’s Bono and The Edge. Despite the hype there have been many technical issues and now a fourth injured actor to add to the list.
The Show still hasn’t officially opened because of all the problems and it is unclear when the next scheduled performance will take place.
Seems the show is racking up a lot of injuries and problems, do you think it’s worth all the hype? Have you seen the show? Please let us know by leaving a comment.
Read our previous coverage of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, and our Superhero pieces on Batman, The Joker and Spiderman.
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