SPIDER-MAN Swings Off Broadway, Part Two: The Previews - Delays, Departures & Injuries
As BroadwayWorld previously reported,Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, the Broadway spectacular that defied odds and expectations to conquer New York, will play its final performance at the Foxwoods Theatre on January 4, 2014. Since it began preview performances on November 28, 2010, and even before they bagan, the show's high and lows were in the news, making it one of the most talked about shows in Broadway history. To tribute Spidey's three years on Broadway, BroadwayWorld will comemmorate it's run with a series of flashbacks to help you relive all of the excitement that is - and was - Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
Today's edition of 'SPIDER-MAN Swings Off Broadway' features Spidey's time in previews, recalling the show's journey from its first performance in November 2010, until the revamped edition opened on Broadway 183 previews Later. From late 2010 through June 2011, all eyes were on the Foxwoods, as numerous actors sustained severe injuries, and on-and-offstage drama between the creative team and producers emerged, eventually forcing visionary Julie Taymor to walk away, and leave SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK in the hands of others.
November 28, 2010: Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Begins Previews on Broadway; Opening Night Set for January 11, 2011
After years of cast change-ups and numerous false starts, Julie Taymor and Glen Berger's all-encompassing production begins previews on Broadway at Foxwoods Theatre. Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano and Patrick Page lead the cast of the musical with a score by Bono and The Edge. Though Spidey may have finally swung onto Broadway, the show's first preview (and many after,) didn't come off without a hitch. Clocking in at over 3 hours and 45 minutes, the first performance was stopped multiple times due to technical errors, which resulted in an elongated intermission.
December 2-15, 2010: Natalie Mendoza Suffers Concussion During First Preview, Out of Show for Two Weeks
SPIDER-MAN's original 'Arachne,' Natalie Mendoza, suffered a concussion during the first preview after being hit by a piece of rope or equipment, it's revealed a few days later. The injury causes Mendoza to take a two-week medical leave, with understudy America Oliva taking on the role.
December 17, 2010: SPIDER-MAN Delays Opening to February 7, 2011
Producers push SPIDER-MAN's opening night from January 11 to February 7, 2011 in order for the creative team to implement new changes. In a statement released, lead producer Michael Cohl said, "Due to some unforeseeable setbacks, most notably the injury of a principal cast member, it has become clear that we need to give the team more time to fully execute their vision. Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark is an extremely ambitious undertaking, as everyone knows, and I have no intention of cutting a single corner in getting to the finish line."
December 20-22, 2010: Actor Christopher Tierney is Injured; SPIDER-MAN Performances Halted
Spidey stuntman Christoper Tierney is severely injured after falling from one of the production's set pieces. The New York Times initially reports that "Tierney sustained a fracture in his skull, a broken scapula, a broken bone close to his elbow, 4 broken ribs, a bruised lung and 3 fractured vertebrae." Actors Equity and the Department of Labor quickly halt performances through December 22 to ensure performers' safety while new measures are implemented.