Spider-Man Performance Canceled After Actor Seriously Injured
The New York State Department of Labor opens another investigation after Christopher Tierney fell an estimated 20 feet Monday.
Spider-Man on Broadway will postpone a Wednesday matinee after an actor was seriously injured during Monday night's show, producers confirm to The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. Watch the video, below.
"The [Occupational Safety and Health Administration], 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. Tomorrow's matinee has been postponed and will be rescheduled. Tomorrow evening's, and all subsequent performances, will proceed as scheduled," says Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark spokesperson Rick Miramontez.
Miramontez says Monday's audience will be contacted individually and offered an exchange or refund.
Actor Christopher Tierney, 31, is currently in serious condition at New York City's Bellevue Hospital, says a hospital spokesman. (While the spokesperson would not confirm reports of a broken rib or internal bleeding, "serious" means the patient is "acutely ill, vital signs can be unstable and not within their normal limits.") Director Julie Taymor visited him Tuesday, according to the New York Times.
Two officials from the New York State Department of Labor spent Tuesday investigating equipment at the theater.
DOL spokesperson Leo Rosales says, "These kinds of accidents are taken very seriously by the department of labor… We're going to find out the truth of what happened and we're here make sure it's addressed.
"This is a very elaborate production. We're very heavily involved in this production, and we're going to be very heavily involved in this investigation,” he added.
The DOL is also still investigating the actor who broke both his wrists during rehearsal. (But it is not investigating Natalie Mendoza, who sustained a concussion, and wrote on Twitter Tuesday about her co-star, "Please pray with me for my friend Chris, my superhero who quietly inspires me everyday with his spirit. A light in my heart went dim tonight.")
An audience member reported seeing Tierney fall nearly 20 feet toward the end of the show. (It's unclear exactly how far he fell; reports have ranged from eight to 30 feet.)
"Spider-Man was on a bridge, and Mary Jane was dangling from it," audience member Jonathan Dealwis told CNN. "She drops down, as is meant to happen. Spider-Man went to the end of the bridge there. I think he was meant to sort of swoop over there, but he just fell off... The harness, you could see it just flick off his back and fly backward."
After, "it just went black, and the producer came on and said we're going to pause for a moment. You could hear Mary Jane weeping," Dealwis added.
The performer was alert as he was wheeled away in a neck brace at the theater, according to Dealwis.