Monday night, an actor on the set of Broadway’s SPIDER-MAN Turn Off the Dark was seriously injured when a cable snapped and he fell 30-feet on stage. This was the fourth serious injury for the cursed Broadway show. Since then, the show has undergone criticism from the New York State Department of Labor and Actors Equity.
Spider-Man On Broadway Continues Despite Major Technical Issues
Tuesday, following the accident on stage (watch the video of the accident HERE), Actors Equity, in cooperation with the Department of Labor, visited the set of the show to conduct a safety investigation and speak with the production staff.
Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man’ Opening Delayed…Again
After the visit, Tuesday and Wednesday night’s shows were cancelled. A statement from Rick Miramontez, spokesperson for the show, read:
“SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the New York State Department of Labor have agreed on the implementation of additional protocols which will be rehearsed today and this evening. As such, tonight’s performance of SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark has been cancelled. Performances will resume tomorrow evening (Thursday).”
With the show having resulted in multiple injuries, many Broadway actors and veterans are upset with the decision to keep the show running. Tony-winner Alice Ripley took to her Twitter Tuesday morning and said:
“Does someone have to die? Where is the line for the decision makers, I am curious.”
“Spider-Man should be ashamed of itself. This is completely unacceptable and embarrassing to working actors everywhere.”
Rent star Adam Pascal, took to his Twitter as well, expressing anger toward Julie Taymor, the director of the show:
They should put Julie Taymor in jail for assault!”
He also had words for U2′s Bono and The Edge, who wrote the music for the show:
“I hope [actor Christopher Tierney] is ok and sues the shit out of Julie, Bono, Edge and every other a**hole who invested in that steaming pile of actor crippling s**t!”
You know, I guess this is what happens when you invest $65,000 in a Broadway show; you just keep it going. It’s completely ridiculous, if you ask me. I think the vision for the show was brilliant but certainly unrealistic for a live show. Movies, maybe. Broadway, no. Save these actors lives and stop the show, people!