Actor falls on set of Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man’

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NEW YORK (AP) - The set of the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” was plagued with another accident as a 31-year-old actor performing an aerial stunt fell about 30 feet during a preview performance Monday night and was taken to a hospital, fire officials said.

Firefighters were called to the Foxwoods Theatre at about 10:45 p.m. The actor was taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Police did not release the actor’s name, but a performer in the show identified him as Christopher Tierney. The performer spoke on condition of anonymity because the performer was not authorized to speak publicly about the accident.

Tierney is the show’s main aerialist and performs stunts for the roles of Spider-Man, and the villains Meeks and Kraven.

The cable to Tierney’s harness snapped during a scene in which Spider-Man rescues his love interest, Mary Jane, the performer said.

It was unclear if the actor was properly harnessed when the cable snapped. The performer said the show’s actors are responsible for hooking themselves up to harnesses used for aerial stunts.

Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the production, said the fall happened about 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,” Miramontez said.

A nurse at Bellevue Hospital said that a Christopher Tierney was admitted and was in stable condition, but would not provide details.

Monday’s accident marks the fourth time an actor has been hurt in connection with the production. The show’s official opening has been pushed back 27 days, from Jan. 11 to Feb. 7.

The $65 million musical was conceived by Tony Award-winning director and co-writer Julie Taymor and U2’s Bono and The Edge, who wrote the music. More than eight years in the making, delays and money woes have plagued the show’s launch. Three other accidents have injured actors, including one who had both his wrists broken while practicing an aerial stunt.

The first preview on Nov. 28 did not go well. The musical had to be halted five times because of technical glitches and actress Natalie Mendoza _ who plays Spider-Man’s evil love interest Arachne _ was hit in the head by a rope and suffered a concussion. Her injury would eventually keep her sidelined for two weeks.

The show _ whose costs easily dwarf Broadway’s last costliest show, the $25 million “Shrek The Musical” _ may be about a comic-book hero, but it has now itself become easy fodder for comics, with both Conan O’Brien and “Saturday Night Live” spoofing the show.

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