"Spider-Man" stuntman injured during show

Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:13pm EST
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A leading stuntman in the Broadway musical "Spider-Man" was recovering in hospital on Tuesday after falling from a high platform during a preview performance in yet another setback for the troubled musical.

An aerialist and stunt double for the title character in the show, Christopher Tierney, was taken to a nearby hospital after he fell about seven minutes before the end of the performance on Monday night, the show's spokesman Rick Miramontez said in a statement.

The show has temporarily stopped production and will return to its normal schedule from Wednesday night, Miramontez added.

Show producers agreed to new safety protocols on Tuesday after meeting with the labor union Actors' Equity, as well as several government work and safety bodies.

Specifics of the new safety measures were not given.

Another show spokesman declined to comment on Tierney's condition or reveal how the actor, who was performing as a stunt double for the masked "Spider-Man" character, plunged off the platform during a tense moment in the show.

After the performance, audience member Charlie Bernard told television station NY1 that he saw the cord or cable that was supposed to hold the actor was either not attached properly or snapped in a scene with Spider-Man's love interest, Mary Jane.

"You just hear a bang. And then you hear the actress who plays Mary Jane, she was screaming and crying. The audience was a little disturbed and then everybody was quiet," he said.   Continued...

<p>The marquee for the Broadway show "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" is seen outside the Foxwoods Theatre in New York December 21, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>