'Spider-Man' Performance Resumes Without Incident Thursday

Issue 56 - The Report: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

New Department of Labor-approved safety precautions led to smooth aerial stunts that received a rousing reception from the packed house.

Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark once again took center stage Thursday following the cancellation of two Wednesday performances due to a serious injury suffered by one of the musical's stuntmen.

Director Julie Taymor's production, which has been plagued with accidents over the past few months of rehearsals and previews, resumed only after producers confirmed to the State Department of Labor that specific safety measures had been enacted, reports Reuters. The most important was the addition of a second check person to ensure the harnesses used in the production's many aerial stunts have been secured properly.

The $65 million production was stalled earlier this week when Spider-Man stunt double Christopher W. Tierney fell nearly 30 feet when a safety harness failed.

Spider-Man producer Michael Cohl addressed Tierney's recovery before the start of the Dec. 23 show, telling the audience the stuntman, who was hospitalized to undergo back surgery, "came through with flying colors."

The show made a smooth return, with the aerial stunts reportedly inciting enthusiastic applause from the packed house.

The twice-postponed show has been in previews for a month at Manhattan's Foxwoods Theatre and is now set to open in early February.