Tierney, the main aerialist and stunt double for star Reeve Carney in the show, fell while performing a stunt during the Monday, December 20 performance and was taken to Bellevue Hospital by firefighters who were called to the scene. He suffered broken ribs and other injuries.
The show, which began previews on Sunday, November 28, features music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge of the band U2, and a book by director Julie Taymor and Glen Berger. The production is now scheduled to open officially on February 7.
Both performances on December 22 were canceled as the creative team met with OSHA and the NYS Deptartment of Labor to implement new safety procedures, which reportedly include additional participation by stage managers and actors. Performances resumed on December 23 and have reportedly continued without incident.
On December 22, a series of statements from various parties were issued, including this one from the show's producer: "OSHA, Actors Equity and the New York State Department of Labor have met with the Spider-Man company today to discuss additional safety protocols. It was agreed that these measures would be enacted immediately.
Later in the day, a statement released from Actors' Equity Association said: "We worked today with the Department of Labor, OSHA and the production to determine that the cause of the accident at last night's performance of Spiderman was, in fact, human error. Further protocols are now being implemented, including redundancies recommended by Equity, the DOL and OSHA, to address this situation as well as other elements of the production. Equity continues to vigilantly monitor the production for the safety of its members."
Taymor also released a statement saying: "An accident like this is obviously heartbreaking for our entire team and, of course, to me personally. I am so thankful that Chris is going to be alright and is in great spirits. Nothing is more important than the safety of our Spider-Man family and we'll continue to do everything in our power to protect the cast and crew."
The accident is one of several that have befallen the production. During the show's first preview, Natalie Mendoza, who plays Arachne, suffered a concussion and was forced to take a ten-day absence from the musical.
Ticket holders for the December 22 performances who purchased their tickets through Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded. Customers may contact Ticketmaster to purchase tickets for another performance at the same price with similar locations. Customers who purchased tickets for these performances through other sales outlets must contact their point of purchase. Tickets purchased at the Foxwoods box office may be brought back to the box office to be exchanged or refunded.
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