Another Spider-man actor injured in Broadway show
NEW YORK — The Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will continue as scheduled after an actor playing the comic book hero was badly injured Thursday during the special effects-laden show. Producers blamed human error and the union representing actors vowed to investigate.
“Tonight’s performance will go on as scheduled. The technical elements of the show are all in good working order, and we can confirm that equipment malfunction was not a factor in the incident,” Rick Miramontez, a show spokesman, said Friday.
The injured actor, Daniel Curry, suffered an injury during the Thursday night performance, which was immediately halted. The actor was at Bellevue Hospital on Friday in stable condition with a serious leg injury.
He is making his Broadway debut as one of nine actors who play the costumed Spider-Man during each performance, leaping into the audience and swinging over the orchestra. He also understudied various other roles.
Fire officials said they responded to the Foxwoods Theatre on West 42nd Street shortly after 9 p.m. to treat a man whose leg got caught in equipment backstage.
Actors’ Equity Association, a labour union that represents actors and stage managers, issued a statement saying it is “deeply concerned about the Equity member who was injured in the Thursday evening performance” and “has initiated an investigation into the situation, working closely with its members and the representatives of the production.”
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is Broadway’s most expensive show with a price tag of $75 million. It has become one of its biggest hits after a rocky start, with six delays before its opening night, injuries to fellow actors, a shakeup that led to the firing of Julie Taymor, the show’s original director, and critical drubbing. ARIES (March 21-April 19) Keep in mind this is a fun-loving, playful time for you. The arts, sports events, movies, the theatre, romantic flirtations and great times with kids are tops on your menu. So don’t let your anger get the better of you. It’s just a brief dark cloud on your horizon. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Although your focus is on home, family and your private life, something might stir your ire putting you at odds with someone, especially a neighbour, siblings or relative. Don’t make a big deal about things. Consider this an opportunity to practice patience. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) This is a busy time for you because of short trips, talking to lots of people, doing errands plus reading and writing more than usual. “I’m on the go!” Enjoy this accelerated pace and refrain from arguments about possessions and money. (Who cares?) I mean, really. CANCER (June 21-July 22) You’ll have to go more than halfway when dealing with others because the moon is opposite your sign. It’s that simple. Not only that, Mars is in your sign, making you feisty and aggressive, which is why you might be lippy with someone. Be kind. Life is short (and fat). LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) This is your birthday month. You’re eager to be out there flying your colours, talking to everyone. Nevertheless, you might have a mild argument with someone about whether or not things are being done efficiently (or in a healthy way). Lighten up. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) This is a playful, flirtatious day. However, parents might be impatient with their kids. Well, that goes with the territory, doesn’t it? But if you can demonstrate grace under pressure, everyone will be happier, including you. Enjoy these good times. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Financial disputes might arise or arguments about possessions or shared property. Try not to let this ruin your holiday because on the whole, this is a fun-loving, easy-going day where you can enjoy travel and discussing profound ideas with interesting people. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You feel strongly about something. If you stick to your guns, this could lead to an argument with someone who is close to you. Is this wise? When the annals of history are written, does any of this really matter? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Squabbles might arise for those who are working or even those busy with tasks. Try to avoid this. And remember that you need more sleep now because the sun is far away from you. Just go with the flow and enjoy learning something new. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Parents must be patient with kids. Factoid. Remember your kids are learning not from what you say, but from how you act. You are their role model. Similarly, romantic partners might have a falling-out. Fortunately this is fleeting. Enjoy your day. SUNDAY’S BIRTHDAY Actor Christian Slater (1969) shares your birthday. You value the knowledge gained through experience. You work hard to manifest your personal vision of life. Although you can appear socially flamboyant at times, you are serious and philosophical. You function well as a leader and see challenges as an opportunity for success. This year a major change might take place, perhaps as significant as whatever occurred around 2004.