New York, NY-The Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn of the Dark” has encountered numerous problems in the production stage and throughout its three-year run. During, a Thursday performance of the show an actor was seriously injured putting the performance to a halt.
“All of a sudden there was a loud scream,” theatergoer Andre St. Clare, 30, told the New York Daily News.
The actor, Daniel Curry’s foot became ensnared in a hydraulic stage lift when he stepped onto the wrong part of the stage. A black curtain covered the stage as emergency responders worked to free Curry.
He was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a serious leg injury, but the New York Daily News reported his foot will not have to be amputated.
This is one of the several accidents that have plagued the $75 million production which got off to a rough start in 2010. Actors for “Spider-Man” are required to use complicated acrobatics throughout the production. None of the accidents have occurred when actors fly over the audience instead they have occurred on stage or backstage.
In 2010, Christopher Tierey, an actor who played Spider-Man, fell 35 feet during one of the shows initial performances. Tierney fell from a platform and landed in the basement beneath the stage. Tierney broke four ribs and one of his shoulder blades and he fractured his skull.
The sling-shot technique, which propels actors from the back of the stage to the lip caused one performer to break both wrists and injured his foot.
An actress, who played the villainess Arachne, suffered a concussion in 2011 when a rope snapped and struck her in the head while she was standing back stage.
All told, several of the actors were injured in the shows beginning and resulted in at least two safety violations from the New York Department of Labor and they were cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In a statement from 2011, the OSHA said the employees had been “exposed to the hazards of falls or being struck during flying routines because of improperly adjusted or unsecured safety harnesses.”
They also cited that “open-side floors” lacked fall protection and that there were not enough measures that would prevent performers from being struck by “overhead rigging components,” the New York Times reported.
OSHA also said it issues serious citations when hazards create a “substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result.”
After those citations the production moved quickly to make the stage safer and enacted a number of redundancies to protect their performers. Those new safety measures helped, and the production hasn’t had any accidents until Thursday’s.
In an interview, the show’s director, Philip William McKinley, told the Los Angeles Times that he was confident that shows accident-prone days are over.
“I don’t think those are going to happen anymore. Our safety plans are higher than any other show on Broadway,” McKinley said.
In spite of the rough start, injurious accidents and mixed reviews “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” is one of the most successful shows currently running on Broadway.