Just when you thought nothing more could possibly go wrong with Bono’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” Broadway play, something else went wrong. During a performance last night, the actor playing Spider-Man fell about ten feet after a cable snapped. The play was stopped and the actor is now hospitalized. It’s never good when the title character of the play seemingly falls to his death in front of the audience.
The good news, however, is that the guy who fell, Christopher Tierney, isn’t really dead. Although he’s probably in a whole lot of pain. In an email message released to the press, a spokesperson for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark reported the following…
““An actor sustained an injury at tonight’s performance of ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.’ He fell several feet from a platform approximately 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. We will have more news shortly.”
Costing over $65 million to produce, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been the most costly Broadway production of all time. It has also been riddled with delays of every sort imaginable. Produced in part by Bono, of U2 fame, the high-flying technical aspects of this play seem to be posing challenges that, apparently, have not been overcome. I don’t want to be a wet blanket or anything, but when Spiderman goes crashing to his doom…maybe it’s time to shut the thing down and move on to something else.
So, to Mr. Tierney, thank you for being Spider-Man. I’m sorry to hear that, during a scene in which you were attempting to save Mary Jane from the evil Green Goblin, you almost met your end. Being a superhero is hard. Feel better and if you do decide to give Spider-Man another shot, please be careful. Despite the name of this blog, I’d really hate to hear about a superhero who died screaming.
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