Video: Spider-Man actor in 30ft stage plunge
Wednesday 22 December 2010
The troubled Broadway musical 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' was plagued by its fourth accident since it began previews last month, when an actor performing an aerial stunt fell about 30 feet, fire officials said.
Firefighters were called to the Foxwoods Theatre at about 10.45pm on Monday after the 31-year-old actor fell near the end of the latest preview performance. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries.
Police did not release the actor's name, but a performer in the show identified him as Christopher Tierney. The performer spoke on condition of anonymity because the cast is not authorised to speak publicly about the accident.
A nurse at Bellevue Hospital, New York, said that a Christopher Tierney was admitted and was in a stable condition. Tierney is the show's main aerialist and performs stunts for the roles of Spider-Man, and the villains Meeks and Kraven.
The cable to Tierney's harness snapped during a scene in which Spider-Man rescues his love interest, Mary Jane. It was unclear if Tierney was properly harnessed when the cable snapped. The show's actors are responsible for hooking themselves up to harnesses used for aerial stunts.
Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the production, said the fall happened about seven minutes before the end of the performance, and the show was stopped.
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