'Spider-Man' on Broadway to Resume Performances on Thursday - With New Safety Measures

4:52 AM PST 12/23/2010 by Lindsay Powers
Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Despite four injuries and multiple canceled shows, Patrick Page, who plays the Green Goblin, reasons that accidents "happen on every show."

Patrick Page, who plays the Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, says he's not afraid for the show to resume performances -- expected to happen Thursday.

"Accidents are horrible but they happen on every show," Page told the Associated Press. "We feel very safe and very cared for by our director and producer."

Reeve Carney, who plays Spider-Man, doesn't think the delays and injuries (Natalie Mendoza also sustained a concussion; one actor broke both his wrists in rehearsal) will close the $65 million production.

"I've been at this a long time, and everyone else has. I have faith that it'll go forward," he said.

The show has been canceled since actor Christopher Tierney fell an estimated 30 feet during a performance Monday. He has been recovering from broken ribs and internal bleeding at NYC's Bellevue Hospital.

Carney says Tierney's fall is an "unfortunate accident."

Patrick Tierney said his brother would be released from the hospital on Friday or Saturday, and would continue to recuperate at his family's home in New Hampshire.

"He's in as good spirits as he can be," says Patrick, adding that Christopher will make a full recovery and then return to the stage. (Although it was unclear if he would return to Spider-Man.)

"He's a dancer. He landed on his feet. If he didn't land on his feet, he wouldn't be with us," Patrick went on. "He has a strong body and an amazing attitude."

The New York State Department of Labor is still investigating the incident, but announced Wednedsday that it would allow the show to go on. (While the DOL cannot legally keep the show off the stage, it can rule the 38 stunts can't be performed.)

"At this point we are satisfied they have put in place the appropriate controls," said Maureen Cox, the DOL’s director of safety and health.

New precautions include extra stagehands checking harnesses before each stunt, and pads placed on-stage.

"We're also making sure that the actors and the stagehands know that if everything is not right, they can say, `We're not going to go,'" Cox said.

The New York Post reported that director Julie Taymor held a meeting with the cast and crew Wednesday to assure them they wouldn't take their final curtain calls from a hospital bed.

"Nothing is more important than the safety of our Spider-Man family," Taymor told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement on Tuesday.

comments powered by Disqus