Broadway stage mishaps/accidents

Gmerchant123
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 02:02am
Yes!we have all heard the Spider-Man stories! Once I heard in one of Stephen sondheim shows the actor sang the wrong lyrics and sondhiem walked up on stage stopped the orchestra and corrected him by saying " I worked three weeks on those words get it right or your fired" and sat back down like nothing happened...and I also have heard at the palace that Simone fell from the fly system and died
dramamama611
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joined:12/4/07
Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 03:22am
Poor Simone.
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rosscoe(au)
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 05:01am
^^^

LOL

Crawford in phantom during the early preview period is a favourite of mine.
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TheGingerBreadMan
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 07:33am
I don't know who, but one of the Elphaba's nearly fell out of the lift during "Defying Gravity". In the middle of her verse, she just quit singing and yelled for help. The show stopped for about a minute. It's up on YouTube somwhere.
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ClapYo'Hands
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 07:42am
That would be Kerry Ellis. The video used to be on Youtube somewhere.
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dtzumbrunnen
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 08:02am
Saw Bring It On for the first time last night, and during one of the tumbling stunts in the Truman High performance for nationals in the 2nd act, one female cheerleader got hit in the head as someone was coming down from their basket toss. This shook her up enough that she was clearly out of place and she got hit again when one of the male cheerleaders did a backwards tumbling pass to the corner of the stage. They collided downstage left (but seemed fine afterwards).

With all the crazy stunts in that show, I'm sure this isn't the first bang up....but it seemed timely based on the start of this thread!

Updated On: 12/12/12 at 08:02 AM
D2
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 08:03am
"...she was clearly out of place and she got hit again when one of the mail cheerleaders did a backwards tumbling pass...'

I guess he put his stamp on her!

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Updated On: 12/12/12 at 08:03 AM
artscallion
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 08:30am
Nathan Lane messed up his leg descending through a trap door in The Frogs. He landed on Simone, who died.
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James885
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joined:5/2/05
Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 10:52am
Wow, Simone seems to have some fiendishly bad luck. Dying in The Frogs and at the Palace....

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Updated On: 12/12/12 at 10:52 AM
SNAFU
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 11:18am
Wasn't Simone always smoking right outside the stage door during intermission?
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missthemountains
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Posted: 12/12/12 at 11:28am
When I attended the second preview of Ghost, the scrim came down when Sam and Molly were about to get intimate and it crashed on a set piece and you could see the electric wires bursting. Quite embarassing. Things were stopped for a few minutes as I recall. Serves them right for using too many projections. It looked stupid anyway.
goodoneinlou2
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 11:37am
Not Broadway - but during the Pre-Broadway run in Chicago, the Tomb in Aida (which originally "floated" in mid air)collapsed during the final scene. It sent Adam Pascal and Heather Headley crashing to the floor. The show was stopped and the Stage Manager literally asked the audience if there was "A Doctor in the House."

Don't forget Idina Menzels fall in Wicked, and the actor's fall from the ship in Little Mermaid.

Also, the set for Sunset Blvd was notorious for moving on it's own (well, due to cell phone "waves") and occasionally tripped up actors.

I once saw "Bertha" the Elephant fall when it was taking the stage in the parade at the start of Lion King. The entire thing went over taking down all four "legs." They got back up, and the audience cheered, but it was obvious once one leg goes - they all go.
Updated On: 12/12/12 at 11:37 AM
bdn223
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 12:19pm
dtzumbrunnen
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 12:58pm
I guess he put his stamp on her!

Fixed! Half asleep homophones!

K8eeyore
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 05:57pm
Nancy Opel fell through a faulty trap door during FIDDLER. I think she broke her elbow and tore her rotator cuff, IIRC.

Not technically Broadway, but Mary Martin slammed into a wall during rehearsals for the TV version of PETER PAN when the flying equipment malfunctioned. Broke her wrist.
Phantom of London
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Posted: 12/12/12 at 06:36pm
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TheGingerBreadMan
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 06:41pm
One night in Mary Poppins, Mary as about to exit the kitchen set through the door in the back of the stage, but the door was locked and she had to go around. It's on youtube.
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GavestonPS
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 06:47pm
What about Gmerchant's Sondheim story? Is that true? Sounds apocryphal to me, at least the part about stopping the show. (This is not to blame the poster. He said he heard the story secondhand.)

morosco
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 08:22pm
I don't think the Sondheim story is true either.
Someone in a Tree2
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 08:36pm
K8eeyore-- I'm curious where a trap door is used in Fiddler...?
WhatIWasBorn2Do
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 10:11pm
Saw H2$ with Nick Jonas, and during the Pirate Dance, one of the male dancers fell into the pit, almost dragging his partner in too! She then gracefully danced off.
PTOPhan
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/12/12 at 11:31pm
Phantom is famous for its mishaps, possibly because the staging and makeup are so complex. I read about one Phantom (I forget whom) who got stuck in the angel. The audience started razzing him. He tried to stay in character by scowling at the jokers while the stagehands tried to lower the angel so he could get out. Apparently, the Phantom's prosthetic lip has fallen off during the kiss with Christine (she maneuvered it back on). I saw video of the scene where Buquet is supposed to scare the young dancers with stories about the Phantom -- only Meg wound up singing the song instead. (I assume that the actor playing Buquet was suddenly taken ill). My favorite, however, isn't a mishap at all. Instead, it was probably a method to avoid heart attacks. In the Las Vegas production (now closed), because there was no intermission, the chandelier crashed at the end of the show, as it did in the 2004 movie. Just before it plunged, the Phantom would shout, "Bring down the chandelier!" Even with the warning, audience members always screamed at the fast-moving, computerized chandelier careening towards them. I'm convinced that someone insisted that the Phantom shout the "Bring down the chandelier" line to avoid panic, since it made no sense for the Phantom to be ordering someone to crash the chandelier for him.
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wonderwaiter
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/13/12 at 12:33am
It was such a tragedy about Simone, but that memorial service was one for the ages. It's on youtube.
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broadwayguy2
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/13/12 at 07:55am
1.) The Phantom also has a line - though a different one - in the 'full length' Phantom of the Opera.

2.) Mary Martin's crash had nothing to do with an equipment malfunction, it was actually operator error.

3.) Someone in a Tree, the revival of Fiddler used a trap door during the nightmare scene.
Phillytheatreguy10
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joined:7/22/12
Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/13/12 at 08:10am
Many years ago, during the original production of Les Mis I attended during the party scene where the Thendairs (sp?) steal the glasses, trays, etc. and hide them on their person, a tray fell out of Thendair's coat and into the orchestra, stopping the music while the condutor handed it back to him and he replied, in character with a "Thank You" and the orchestra continued. Also, the next night I went to see Miss Saigon and during the "American Dream" sequence, an ensemble dancers strap broke on her costume and to avoid a wardrobe malfunction, she held it there through the entire dance!
bobs3
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Broadway stage mishaps/accidents
Posted: 12/13/12 at 09:01am
During a preview for the Roundabout's "The Man Who Came to Dinner", Jean Smart tripped on the steps during her entrance and fell flat on her ass. Nathan Lane stood up from his wheelchair and director Jerry Zaks who was sitting in the first row was running up to the stage as Ms. Smart, a consumate actress, jumped up and did a "ta da" (like do I know how to make an entrance) and the show continued without a glitch.

Updated On: 12/13/12 at 09:01 AM

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