This is not your Tobey Maguire version of Spiderman. No. Accidents can’t be swept under the rug as part of a second, third, or fourth take. This is Spiderman on Broadway. A live rendition of incredibly dangerous performances that usually belong to those who work in a circus or an acrobatic troupe. And as imagined, injuries have been mounting.
During rehearsals last year, two stunt doubles (who add the wow factor to the show) were injured, prompting the New York Department of Labor to review the safety precautions for the set. One of the men injured had broken both wrists while another had broken both feet.
Then there was an actress who endured a concussion after being hit in the head with equipment during a preview performance. Having not fully recovered, she went back on stage for a second preview performance and became sick-to-her-stomach, requiring an understudy to fill big shoes.
Then there was the stuntman who visited the hospital after falling more than 20 feet from a detached cable, drawing the show to an abrubt close. And then there was… well, you get the idea.
If you’ve ever walked broadway and gone to see a show, then you can understand that performers, directors, and set workers don’t have the luxury of ‘next time’. Each night has to be flawless or the critical reception will plummet. For Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the critics have been back and forth, considering that this is the most expensive broadway musical in New York’s history and injuries seem to run wild for the actors.
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