'Spider-Man' Broadway Musical Injury Being Investigated By Authorities — Shut This Show Down!

Wed, December 22, 2010 11:34am EDT by Add first Comment

The latest tragedy — a performer fell 30 feet — should be last straw for this problem-filled production!

The problems just keep coming for the ‘upcoming’ Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. After a string of troubled performances, poor buzz and increasing budget woes, a massive injury Dec. 20 should be the nail in the coffin for the show.

The New York Post reports stunt double Christopher Tierney was the latest victim of the stunt-filled spectacle, where a fall due to a faulty rope left the aerialist with broken ribs and internal bleeding.

Mistakes and errors have been increasingly common on the Broadway production, but this accident — the third before the show has even opened — is by far the most serious. The injury is being investigated by several offices, ranging from the state Department of Labor to the FDNY.

All of these injuries are indicative of a production troubled from the start, which should be shut down before more people fall victim to glitches. We love musicals, and this collaboration between Julie Taymor and U2‘s Bono and The Edge sounds promising — but it’s NOT worth the suffering of those working on it.

And we’re not the only ones concerned:

  1. Broadway star Alice Ripley tweeted: DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO DIE? WHERE IS THE LINE FOR THE DECISION MAKERS, I AM CURIOUS. SPIDERMAN SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF ITSELF. THIIS IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE AND EMBARRASSING TO WORKING ACTORS EVERYWHERE.
  2. Adam Pascal posted to Facebook: “They should put Julie Taymor in Jail for assault! I know what its like to fall and get hurt in front of 2000 people. It’s no fun, but at least it was the one time it happened. I hope whoever was hurt is OK and sues the s**t out of Julie, Bono, Edge and every other a**hole who invested in that steaming pile of actor crippling s**t!”

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark needs to have the plug pulled.

–William Earl