Injured SPIDER-MAN Actor Daniel Curry Suing Show's Producers
SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK might have closed on Broadway, but its drama continues.
The New York Times reports that Daniel Curry, who was injured in August while performing in the musical, filed a lawsuit this week against the show's producers, engineering consultants and others, pointing to the "negligence in the design and operation of a mechanical lift that Mr. Curry was using onstage when he was hurt."
Curry is seeking monetary compensation for the "serious and protracted permanent injuries" he sustained in the SPIDER-MAN incident while using the lift "in accordance with the instructions", after being told it was safe. On August 15, 2013, SPIDER-MAN halted the performance and sent audience members home after a piece of equipment pinned Curry's leg underneath it, causing the injury.
His complaint states that producers knew the lift was dangerous and did nothing to prevent injuries among cast members. There is no evidence included in the filing to support the allegation that the lift malfunctioned or was using faulty computer software.
Due to his injuries, Curry is now unable to dance or perform, which prevents him from working to pay for his "large sums" of medical costs.
Among the defendants are producers Michael Cohl, Jeremiah J. Harris, the musical's general manger Alan Wasser Associates, engineering and technology firms associated with the show, and the owners of the Foxwoods Theater.
SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK is moving to Las Vegas after more than three years at Broadway's Foxwoods Theater. The musical ran for 1,268 performances in New York, but it was plagued with troubles since its preview period, including cast injuries, cost overruns, harsh reviews and lawsuits.
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark began preview performances on November 28, 2010. The show officially opened on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award-winners Bono and The Edgeand a book co-written by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, with direction by Ms. Taymor and additional direction by Philip William McKinley. Scenic Designer George Tsypin and Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka are winners of Outer Critics Circle Awards and were nominated for Tony Awards for their work on Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark.