'Spider-Man's' Flying Safety Under Investigation

6:03 AM PST 11/03/2010 by Lindsay Powers
Marvel Comics

After actor Kevin Aubin broke both his wrists when he was launched from the back of the stage during a Broadway rehearsal, the New York State Department of Labor announces a set visit Wednesday.

New York State Department of Labor inspectors will visit Broadway's Foxwoods Theaters Wednesday to examine Spider-Man's flying and safety devices.

The investigation has been in the works for months, The New York Times reports, but news of the visit comes two weeks after actor Kevin Aubin broke both his wrists after being launched from the back of the stage like a slingshot.

Spider-Man is not legally allowed to begin preview performances on Nov. 14 until state inspectors sign off on the special effects, the department spokesman, Leo Rosales, told the Times. It usually takes a few days to rule.

“The flying in this musical is unprecedented for Broadway, and we’re going to urge the producers to make sure everything is as safe as possible,” Rosales said.

The NYS Department of Labor isn't the only organization watching the $60 million production, the most expensive in Broadway's history.

"When a show is preparing to debut a lot of technology, especially flying over stage and audiences, we keep a close eye,” Maria Somma, Actors' Equity spokeswoman, told the Times. Somma says Actors' Equity officials already notified the production team of the unsafe practice of having actors practicing different flying stunts in close proximity, and the rehearsal schedule was shifted.

Spider-Man spokesman Rick Miramontez tells the Times he doesn't expect the show -- which features music by U2's Bono and The Edge -- to delay its opening.

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