BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: SPIDER-MAN Actor In 'Serious Condition' After Onstage Injury
A production spokesman confirms that an actor from SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK is in serious condition after being tragically injured during a performance of the accident-plagued Broadway musical on Thursday night.
At 9:08 PM the performance was halted and audience members sent home after a piece of equipment pinned an actor's leg underneath it, causing the injury, according to the FDNY, who were called and acted as first responders to the incident.
The official statement from SPIDER-MAN spokesman Rick Miramontez is as follows: "The performance was immediately halted and the actor was taken to the hospital where he is receiving medical attention."
Reportedly, the as-yet-unnamed actor was immediately sent from the Foxwoods Theatre where SPIDER-MAN plays eight shows a week to Bellevue where he is currently in serious condition.
The news was first reported on Twitter via a @Breaking911 post, available here, with the poster writing, "Manhattan *Incident At Spiderman Show* 214 W 43 St [Foxwoods Theater] FDNY has stage worker with hand pinned under equipment enroute to hosp."
Soon thereafter an official confirmation of the injury was given by a representative for the production, available here.
Director Philip William McKinley - who took over for stage and screen director Julie Taymor during the long preview process for the expensive production; the biggest in Broadway history, according to reports - was quoted just this month as stating of the potential for accidents, "I don't think those are going to happen anymore. Our safety plans are higher than any other show on Broadway," in an interview available in full here.
Morning Update: According to audience member reports, the actor (identified by the New York Times as Daniel Curry) had his leg pinned in a trap door that closed on his ankle, and the actor began screaming as stage hands rushed to the stage. The curtain was brought down, and the crew ultimately sawed a hole in the stage floor to get his leg out. There is no official word yet on the actor's condition.
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