While producers and sponsors may be delighted with the new $65 million Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark stage presentation, they are slowly running out of performers to carry out the shows.
The Broadway spectacular began last week although it isn’t set to open officially at the Foxwoods Theatre until January 11th, 2011, and so far three actors have suffered injuries due to technical issues on and around the stage.
On the opening night one woman in the audience was heckled by fellow viewers when she shouted, “I don’t know about you but I feel like a guinea pig.”
That was her honest response to a show that ran almost three hours over after actors and stunt people were suspended in the air because equipment had failed. Her indiscretion was justified having paid $140 for her ticket.
The actress who plays Arachne, Natalie Mendoza, during the premier preview last week suffered concussion after being hit in the head by a rope with production gear tied to it while she was offstage. The injury forced her to miss several performances.
Producers kept quiet over the incident but later told the New York Times what had happened.
Mendoza is the third actor to befall serious injury, following Kevin Aubin who broke both of his wrists when he smashed into the side of the stage during rehearsals for a flying sequence. Another actor broke a bone in his foot and according to sources that also occurred during a flight scene.
Mendoza, was ordered to rest for a few days by doctors but initially, against their orders she continued to perform. She has now however taken to rest and should be back on stage again in a few days time.
Regardless of the hiccups, injuries and hecklers, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, whose musical score was composed by U2’s Bono and The Edge, took over $1 million in sales after the first review. Lead producer Michael Cohl said, “We’re thrilled to finally be performing this terrific show for audiences, and we’re excited that the audiences are coming in droves.”
The new trend in super hero stage plays sees Batman visiting the UK next year in a $50 million production. Let’s hope the Dark Knight and his crew are more safety conscious than Spidey and co.
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