Spider-Man tuner hits another snag as fourth actor injured

Monday’s preview performance of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” was cut short when aerialist Christopher Tierney plummeted into the orchestra pit. He suffered broken ribs and internal bleeding. In a statement Tuesday, the producers said, “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.”

As such, the Wednesday preview matinee has been canceled giving the company 24 hours to put these measures into place. There was no word as to Tierney’s replacement to portray the webbed crusader in the more daring sequences of this musical. Reeve Carney — who plays the part for most of the show — was left hanging from the rafters as the flying harnesses jammed during the first preview Nov. 28 while Natalie Mendoza, who plays the newly-created villainess Arachne, suffered a concussion that night. During the prolonged rehearsal period, two actors sustained serious injury practicing the flying sequences; one broke both wrists, the other both ankles.

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