'Spider-Man' musical resuming Thursday night
The show must go on up on Broadway, where the unlucky musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was cleared to resume performances Thursday. The cast must have loved that.
The New York state Department of Labor made sure safety protocols for the show's 38 aerial stunts were in place, the AP reports, despite at least one vocal complaint from an actor. Tony Award-nominated Adam Pascal had tweeted that creator Julie Taymor "should be charged with assault" after Monday's accident, in which stuntman Christopher Tierney was injured in a fall leading to internal injuries and the need for back surgery. It was the fourth such incident since the $65 million show opened production.
Pascal begged off that remark, saying, "I want to clarify that I'm not calling for the arrest of anybody. But I don't know how many people have to be hurt before it gets shut down." He should known, since he fell 15 feet during a production of Aida in 1999.
We'll have to see if the new safety procedures keep anyone else from getting hurt. You know what they say -- the fifth time's the charm.
[Photo: That's lead Reeve Carney handing out playbills on Wednesday. Too bad the show was canceled. AP]