Thursday, December 23, 2010

SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK Resumes After Cancellation Following Cast Member Injury During The December 20 Performance

Playbill autographed by lead stars Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano
Reeve Carney (Peter Parker/Spider-Man)
Jennifer Damiano (Mary Jane Watson)
After the show
Local news media covering the after-performance outside the Foxwoods Theatre
Spider-Man Audience Reactions from Gothamist on Vimeo.
This evening, I finally caught a preview performance of the 65 million dollar Broadway musical, "Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark" at the Foxwoods Theatre. Yesterday's matinee and evening performances were cancelled after an actor/stunt double for Spider-Man, Christopher Tierney fell 30 feet off a raised platform into a pit at the stage, and sustained injuries that required hospitalization and surgery at Bellevue Hospital. The musical is directed by Julie Taymor with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge. The cast is headed by Reeve Carney as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Next to Normal Tony nominee Jennifer Damiano as Mary Jane Watson and Broadway veteran Patrick Page as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin. The show, which has been plagued by technical glitches, actor injuries, and delays, is still a "work-in-progress," but the high-tech special effects and aerial scenes made it a unique theatrical experience. During tonight's performance, two of the producers spoke before the show, assuring the audience that safety measures are in place. The show went on smoothly and there were no technical glitches or actors getting injured during the performance. Positive thoughts and prayers for those who were injured including the talented Christopher Tierney who has performed many of this show's aerial stunts.

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