The show must go on for Broadway's Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. Last night actor Christopher Tierney fell 30 feet off a platform and into the orchestra section. Caught on video by audience members who took to the web to share their thoughts, the screams that followed are chilling.
But perhaps even more chilling, there's no news out of Marvel that performances will be canceled for the accident-plagued show. As of this writing, the show's website remains clear of mentions of the incident (Tierney's bio is still there -- that's a good sign), and the show's Facebook page merely notes:
An actor sustained an injury at tonight's performance of Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark. He fell several feet from a platform approximately seven minutes before the end of the performance, and the show was stopped. All signs were good as he was taken to the hospital for observation. We will have more news shortly.
How about a big "opening has been delayed until further notice" banner? No one would blame them.
Opening has already been delayed repeatedly on this show, and Monday night's performance was just a preview. It isn't officially expected to open until next year. But it appears there's a web of darkness over the whole thing. In no particular order, cast members have suffered broken wrists, injured feet, concussions, and other injuries on the job in the past few weeks. Last month, a stunt-gone-wrong left an actor literally hanging over the audience for several minutes, prompting a 40-minute (unplanned) break.
I get that it's the most expensive show on Broadway, with people like Bono and The Edge writing the music and lyrics. Time is money. But a man's life was very nearly snuffed short yesterday, and there's no "hey, now, let's close it all down and get back to basics"? It sounds like corporate greed at work, but short-sighted corporate greed at that.
Check out the video:
Hear that scream? That's not the kind of thing people who love their superheroes are clamoring to see. They want adventure and death-defying feats, not angst and a death grip on their seats. A disaster onstage sending the watchers to the ticket office for a refund won't make back the $65 million in start-up costs.
If they want to spin a web of wonder over us with this show, it's time they treat viewers like human beings. We want to be wowed. Not terrified. Do you think the show should be stopped?
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