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Another injury during “Spider-Man – Turn Off the Dark” on Broadway…Cursed?


Photo: NYTimes

Did someone say Macbeth in the theater? Yet another injury plagues Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the forth since the show has started.  A stunt-double for Spiderman fell eight to 10 feet into a pit when a line holding him apparently snapped. When the lights went on, an announcement said there would be a delay; then, there was an update saying the performance was over. The actor has been identified as 31-year-old Christopher Tierney, was carried out of the theater on a stretcher wearing a neck brace. He is listed in serious condition at New York’s Bellevue hospital with internal bleeding and broken ribs.

During the first previews of the show directed by Julie Taymor, actor Kevin Aubin fractured both wrist during a stunt, while another actor broke both feet attempting the same stunt that would fired him from a slingshot to the stage. Actress Natalie Mendoza, who plays the villain Arachne and who herself suffered a concussion earlier this month, Tweeted: “Please pray with me for my friend Chris, my superhero who quietly inspires me everyday with his spirit. A light in my heart went dim tonight.”

Yikes, just shut this thing down. It’s never going to make enough money to stay open. In fact, it’s going to have to bring in $1 million every week and sell out every night just to break even. I’d say that $65 million dollars wasn’t worth it, even if Bono and The Edge of U2 did the score. Despite crappy reviews, and actors almost dying, it did have $1 million in ticket sales for it’s debut–which was pushed back again, to February 7.

Meet the new Spiderman…Andrew Garfield. (Who?)

Andrew Garfield/Peter Parker/Spiderman

The world has a new Spider-Man, meet Andrew Garfield.  Who, you ask?  Exactly.  Not surprising that they went with an unknown, but surprisingly, he’s British. You may have seen him in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus or Boy A, in which his role earned him a BAFTA award for Best Actor in 2008.   He’ll also be costarring in the Facebook movie (why?!) Social Network with Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake.  There were a number of names on the shortlist for the role of Spidey including Anton Yelchin from Star Trek, Logan Lerman from Percy Jackson and The Olympians and most recently Josh Hutcherson.

I love how this was all supposed to be such a big deal.  I don’t understand why they’re doing a reboot of a movie series that started what, 8 years ago?  I thought Tobey Maguire was a great mix of shy geek and cunning hero, perfect Spider-Man.  It would have been nice to see this go in a different direction.  There was a Twitter campaign trying to get Community actor and comedian Donald Glover considered for the part with his costar Alison Brie, who also plays Trudy Campbell on Mad Men, as Mary Jane.

Oh well, hopefully Andrew will look good in that skintight suit.