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Gawker: Ambulances Called, Show Stopped After 'Big Accident' in Spider-Man Musical. 

"Here's what seems to have happened: The actor playing Spider-Man (Reeve Carney or his alternate Matthew James Thomas?) and the actress playing his love interest Mary Jane (Jennifer Damiano) fell into the stage pit an hour or so into the show. According to screenwriter Brian Lynch [on Twitter], 'No joke. No explanation. MJ and Spidey took what seemed to be a planned fall into the stage pit. Then we heard MJ screaming.' "

Someone else who wrote in to Gawker: "Long story short, spiderman fell abt 30 feet INTO THE PIT. As soon as he fell, the lead female character yelled (from the pit) "someone call 9-1-1." I wish I was making this up. When we left there were ambulances and firefighters outside the theater on 43rd."

Just to put this in context, here are the three previous stories about the show on Gawker:

Spider-Man Musical's First Show Goes Splat (rigging falls into the audience, harnesses malfunction)

Curse of the Spider-Man Musical Claims Another Victim (actress gets a concussion)

The Spider-Man Musical Is the Most Dangerous Show on Broadway (dancer breaks both wrists, actor breaks both feet)


Y'all, someone has got to pull the plug on this show. I don't care if they've spent a billion dollars on it--someone is going to get killed.


Update: Actor being treated at hospital after falling from broken rope during 'Spider-Man' preview - New York Times.



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Holy shit, I've never heard of this many accidents happening on any show on Broadway in the past 25 years.

I hope the actor is alright.

I was browsing through some of the NY Times Arts Beat articles looking for more about it, and apparently the actor who broke his wrists was asked about the injuries a while back and he was like "lol" (he actually used the word "lol") "this happens on lots of shows." I am pretty sure the lead actor plunging two stories into the pit while the leading lady screams for help does not happen on "a lot of shows."

Hoo boy...yeah, this production's cursed. I hope the kid's going to be all right, but they should cut their losses.

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Okay, this has officially gone past ridiculous and all the way into batshit insane. I don't know if it's a curse or if the stunts just cannot be pulled off, but seriously, now--COME ON.

lol ngl, My first thought was that someone said the title of The Scottish Play at dress rehearsal or something.

It's like Macbeth Part II...

I hope he's all right.

Y'all, someone has got to pull the plug on this show. I don't care if they've spent a billion dollars on it--someone is going to get killed.

Seriously, this is awful.

Seriously, why the hell does the universe hate that musical so much?! It seems to be absolutely cursed!

Hmm maybe because Spidey doesn't have a MOUTH therefore a musical was a bad idea.

Seriously, I hope the actors heal quickly and are released from any contractual obligations to continue work on this most unfortunate debacle.

Maybe the producers can sell the concept to Cirque du Soleil (who can handle aerial acrobats), and they can rework it as a performer-safe show in Vegas.

Spider-Man is the new Mackers. But, if we can no longer say its name in the theatre, what do we call it? "Smackers", perhaps?

The obvious answer would be "Spackers," I think.

To be fair, falls into the pit have happened many times. One user already mentioned the Wicked mishap, but I know there have been plenty of other incidents in the last few years, one involving a crew member on The Little Mermaid, and another at one of the Jersey Boys companies.

I'm certainly no fan of the Spiderman musical, but it is the show that everyone loves to hate right now. We're all waiting to see what terrible catastrophe is going to happen next.

I'd rather not find out, honestly. Or have them delay the show (again) until they work all of this out.

Sadly, this isn't not the first show to be that hazardous to performers, and they won't be the last. A performer fell on a pit musician during Anyone Can Whistle and the musician died a week later. Judi Dench had to leave Cats right before opening because she snapped her Achilles tendon. IIRC, the staging of the original production of Follies was so brutal on dancers that it ended in modified Equity rules on how sharply you can rake a stage. More recently, an actor fell something like forty feet through a trapdoor during The Little Mermaid and broke both wrists, several ribs, a foot, his back, and his pelvis. And that show went on anyway, as did all those others.

I don't know why the flying in Spider-Man is quite so injury-prone, but I'd be at least somewhat surprised if this incident ended up spelling the show's doom.

A performer fell on a pit musician during Anyone Can Whistle and the musician died a week later. WHAT THE HELL
I was about to say something smarmy about "that's why I worked in costume shop" but I also did pit orchestra and anyway, everyone in the cast should ALWAYS BE SAFE, ANYWHERE. This is terrifying.

What the hell. I heard the show itself was awful, but that is no reason for karma to strike so hard.

EPIC ICON IS EPIC.

Really, Jetpack!Hitler? This happened?

Spider-Show, Spider-Show
Curse is worse than the spider-foes
Harness woes and rigging snapped
Broken bones, should it be scrapped?

Look out! Here comes the Spider-Show!

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Good Lord, this is just getting crazier by the day.

Is there someone backstage doing the Spidey equivalent of yelling "MACBETH! MACBETH!" over and over again? Because seriously.

Don't even write it, seriously. I once read the M-word on the SATs, then went to help build the stage that we were using for Peter Pan (high school production). A girl got her hair stuck in a drill, and I blame the Accursed Word.

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