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4PM Update: Christopher Tierney's Condition Still Serious4PM Update: Christopher Tierney's Condition Still Serious
by BWW News Desk - December 22, 2010

Broadwayworld has learned that Christopher Tierney, the Spiderman stuntman who fell nearly 30 feet from a raised platform during the December 20th performance, still remains in serious condition at New York's Bellevue Hospital. He is being watched regularly and is reportedly in good spirits despite suffering several broken ribs and internal bleeding. There is no word on how long he must remain at Bellevue. He is able to talk and move slightly and, as CBS reported last night, he recorded a video message which was then played for the rest of the cast. Not everyone is sure if the show will play tonight as scheduled (today's matinee was cancelled yesterday as a result of the accident), however sources tell us that a decision about tonight's show will likely be made by 6pm. This performance, which was not sold out on Ticketmaster as of last night, now is. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: Michael Riedel Talks SPIDER-MAN on CNNSTAGE TUBE: Michael Riedel Talks SPIDER-MAN on CNN
by BroadwayWorld TV - December 22, 2010

Michael Riedel appeared on CNN to give his take on all things SPIDER-MAN. (more...)
Latest Update: SPIDER-MAN to Resume Performances TonightLatest Update: SPIDER-MAN to Resume Performances Tonight
by BWW News Desk - December 22, 2010

While today's matinee of SPIDER-MAN has been cancelled, we're told that all appears to be on track for the show to resume performances this evening, with new safety measures in place. It's been reported that injured actor Christopher Tierney is in good spirits, albeit still in serious, but stable condition. CBS reported last night that he recorded a video message which was then played for the rest of the cast. (more...)
Julie Taymor Issues Statement on SPIDER-MAN SafetyJulie Taymor Issues Statement on SPIDER-MAN Safety
by BWW News Desk - December 21, 2010

Director Julie Taymor has just released the following statement: 'An accident like this is obviously heartbreaking for our entire team and, of course, to me personally. I am so thankful that Chris is going to be alright and is in great spirits. Nothing is more important than the safety of our Spider-Man family and we'll continue to do everything in our power to protect the cast and crew.' (more...)
5:20 PM Update: Local One Issues SPiDER-MAN Statement5:20 PM Update: Local One Issues SPiDER-MAN Statement
by BWW News Desk - December 21, 2010

We've just received the following statement from James J. Claffey, Jr., President of Local One IATSE. 'The leadership of Local One IATSE met today with OSHA, the New York State Department of Labor, Actors Equity Association, and Spider-Man management,' said James J. Claffey, Jr. President of Local One IATSE. 'The union will continue to pursue the highest level of safety on this production. For Local One IATSE, safety is and has always been paramount for everyone on stage and backstage and for the audience in front of the curtain. The union will insist that safety checks and redundancies are added to ensure the safety of everyone involved in Spider-Man. The union also sends its best wishes to stuntman Christopher Tierney and its hopes for his rapid recovery.' (more...)
Equity 4:45PM SPIDER-MAN Update: Human Error at FaultEquity 4:45PM SPIDER-MAN Update: Human Error at Fault
by BWW News Desk - December 21, 2010

Actors' Equity Association worked today with the Department of Labor, OSHA and the production to determine that the cause of the accident at last night's performance of Spiderman was, in fact, human error. Further protocols are now being implemented, including redundancies recommended by Equity, the DOL and OSHA, to address this situation as well as other elements of the production. Equity continues to vigilantly monitor the production for the safety of its members. (more...)
Theatrical Insider 'Weighs-in' on SPIDER-MAN ControversyTheatrical Insider 'Weighs-in' on SPIDER-MAN Controversy
by BWW - December 21, 2010

There's no doubt that this is a hot button issue on the Rialto today, it's on the front page of AOL, TMZ, etc. and even people who know nothing about Broadway are being exposed to the horrifying video footage from last night. (more...)
Official Statement: New Safety Protocols Underway, SPIDER-MAN to Resume  Performances Tomorrow NightOfficial Statement: New Safety Protocols Underway, SPIDER-MAN to Resume Performances Tomorrow Night
by BWW News Desk - December 21, 2010

An official statement has just been issued from the production which says that 'OSHA, Actors Equity and the New York State Department of Labor have met with the Spider-Man company today to discuss additional safety protocols. It was agreed that these measures would be enacted immediately. Tomorrow's matinee has been postponed and will be rescheduled. Tomorrow evening's, and all subsequent performances will proceed as scheduled.' (more...)
Update: Department of Labor Now at Foxwoods TheatreUpdate: Department of Labor Now at Foxwoods Theatre
by BWW News Desk - December 21, 2010

We've now confirmed with a production source that representatives from the Department of Labor and from Equity are now onsite at the Foxwoods Theatre meeting with members of the show's production team, stage hands and crew. They will also be examining all of the equipment used during the show as they attempt to determine if last night's problems were caused by human error, technical problems or a combination thereof. It's expected that once their decision is reached, Equity and the production will make their determination as to what will be needed to deem the production safe, and then they can estimate how long that might take before they determine when performances will be resumed. All of the equipment and stunts were examined before the show began performances. (more...)
SPIDER-MAN's Tierney in Serious Condition; Broken Ribs, Bleeding and MoreSPIDER-MAN's Tierney in Serious Condition; Broken Ribs, Bleeding and More
by BWW News Desk - December 21, 2010

BroadwayWorld has learned from several sources that SPIDER-MAN stuntman Christopher Tierney has suffered several broken ribs and bleeding after his nearly 30-foot free fall on the SPIDEY set last night. Fortunately, Tierney landed such that he avoided any crippling neck or spinal injury. He is still being held at the hospital in serious, but stable condition. (more...)
Equity Update: SPIDER-MAN Performances to Be HaltedEquity Update: SPIDER-MAN Performances to Be Halted
by BWW News Desk - December 21, 2010

Actors Equity has released an updated statement which reads 'Actors' Equity Association is working with management and the Department of Labor to ensure that performances will not resume until back-up safety measures are in place.' (more...)
TWITTER WATCH: Alice Ripley - 'SPIDER-MAN should be ashamed of itself...'TWITTER WATCH: Alice Ripley - 'SPIDER-MAN should be ashamed of itself...'
by BWW - December 21, 2010

Twitter is being flooded with messages from audience members tonight at SPIDER-MAN, with word that an actor fell during the middle of Act 2 when a cable snapped. The show was first put on hold, and then cancelled as ambulances arrived on the scene. There is no word at the moment on who was injured, how severely, or what affect this will have on future performances. (more...)
Department of Labor to Visit SPIDER-MAN This MorningDepartment of Labor to Visit SPIDER-MAN This Morning
by BWW News Desk - December 21, 2010

BroadwayWorld.com has also confirmed that the New York State Department of Labor will visit the Foxwoods Theater this morning for its own investigation into what occurred last night that will involve interviews with the production team, as well as a check of all equipment to determine if it was a human or technical error. (more...)
Equity Releases Statement on Latest SPIDER-MAN InjuryEquity Releases Statement on Latest SPIDER-MAN Injury
by BWW News Desk - December 21, 2010

Actors Equity, has just released a short statement about last night's incident, stating that 'We were informed shortly after the accident during the performance of Spiderman. We are working in cooperation with the state and city Department of Labor on this situation. We dont have a further statement at this time.' Many performers have contacted BroadwayWorld.com both last night and this morning, urging actors to contact the union individually to suggest that they 'step in' and get more involved with protecting the safety of the actors in this production. (more...)
1:30 Update: Video of SPIDER-MAN Injury; Actor Identified; Equity to Halt Performances; Investigation Underway1:30 Update: Video of SPIDER-MAN Injury; Actor Identified; Equity to Halt Performances; Investigation Underway
by BroadwayWorld TV - December 21, 2010

Twitter was flooded last night shortly after 10:40 PM with messages from audience members at SPIDER-MAN, with word that an actor fell during the middle of Act 2 when a cable snapped. The show was first put on hold, and then cancelled as ambulances arrived on the scene. This morning, the actor has been identified as aerialist Christopher Tierney, who is reported to be in stable condition. At 11:29 AM, Equity has released a statement that 'Actors' Equity Association is working with management and the Department of Labor to ensure that performances will not resume until back-up safety measures are in place.' (more...)
UPDATE: First-Hand Reports on Last Night's SPIDER-MAN Injury; Official Statement and Morning UpdatesUPDATE: First-Hand Reports on Last Night's SPIDER-MAN Injury; Official Statement and Morning Updates
by BWW - December 20, 2010

Twitter is being flooded with messages from audience members tonight at SPIDER-MAN, with word that an actor fell during the middle of Act 2 when a cable snapped. The show was first put on hold, and then cancelled as ambulances arrived on the scene. We've reached out to the production for official word, you can follow what's being said on Twitter here and here in the meantime. UPDATE: BroadwayWorld spoke to an audience member who was there and told us that it right was near the end of the show when the bridge comes down and MJ falls and Spider-Man goes after her. Basically, she went down and he went jumping after her, and you saw the rope come done and then snap back up and then all of a sudden, the stage manager's voice came on and said that there was going to be a pause and they stayed dark for a minute or two and then they basically called the show. (more...)
TWITTER WATCH: Injury Tonight at SPIDER-MAN and Ambulances on Scene?TWITTER WATCH: Injury Tonight at SPIDER-MAN and Ambulances on Scene?
by BWW - December 20, 2010

Twitter is being flooded with messages from audience members tonight at SPIDER-MAN, with word that an actor fell during the middle of Act 2 when a cable snapped. The show was first put on hold, and then cancelled as ambulances arrived on the scene. There is no word at the moment on who was injured, how severely, or what affect this will have on future performances. (more...)
Photo Coverage: Sneak Peak - SPIDER-MAN on Broadway!Photo Coverage: Sneak Peak - SPIDER-MAN on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - December 20, 2010

As previously reported, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark has delayed its opening night (previously set for January 11, 2011) to Monday, February 7. Directed by Julie Taymor and featuring a book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger, and new music and lyrics by U2's Bono and The Edge, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark is now in previews at Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre (213 West 42nd Street). All performances prior to the new opening night will go on as planned. The first production photos have been released and appear below! (more...)
It's Official: SPIDER-MAN Delays Opening to February 7It's Official: SPIDER-MAN Delays Opening to February 7
by BWW News Desk - December 17, 2010

Lead producer Michael Cohl announced today that SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark has (again) delayed its opening night (previously set for January 11, 2011) to Monday, February 7. Directed by Julie Taymor and featuring a book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger, and new music and lyrics by U2's Bono and The Edge, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark is now in previews at Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre (213 West 42nd Street). (more...)
Taymor on SPIDER-MAN Delay: 'It Takes Time'Taymor on SPIDER-MAN Delay: 'It Takes Time'
by BWW News Desk - December 17, 2010

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, SPIDER-MAN: Turn Off The Dark has once again delayed it's opening to 'sometime in February,' the New York Times reported, pushed back from January 11, 2011. SPIDEY creator Julie Taymor spoke with Showbiz411.com yesterday and revealed that she is 'happy' about the delay so that she has time to incorporate changes and fine tune some loose edges. Losing star Natalie Mendoza to a concussion for 17 days hurt the show's progress, as did the implementation of a new closing number. The 'work in progress' that is currently playing the Foxwoods Theatre continues to perform at the box office in the meantime. (more...)
Travel Article: Chicagoan in NYC for the Weekend
by M. William Panek - December 16, 2010

This Chicagoan goes to New York over a winter's weekend to check out 'The Radio City Christmas Spectacular,' 'American Idiot,' 'The Phantom of the Opera,' and first preview of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.' (more...)
SPIDER-MAN Now to Open 'Sometime' in Feb., 2011SPIDER-MAN Now to Open 'Sometime' in Feb., 2011
by BWW News Desk - December 16, 2010

As BroadwayWorld speculated yesterday, SPIDER-MAN: Turn Off The Dark has once again delayed its opening, The New York Times reports. No exact date was given, however production sources have revealed that the opening date will now be 'sometime in February,' pushed back from January 11, 2011. (more...)
Mendoza Returns to SPIDER-MAN After Concussion
by BWW News Desk - December 16, 2010

As BroadwayWorld had speculated earlier this week, SPIDER-MAN's Natalie Mendoza has recovered from her concussion and returned to the show last night, December 15. (more...)
RIALTO CHATTER: SPIDER-MAN Opening to be Delayed Again?RIALTO CHATTER: SPIDER-MAN Opening to be Delayed Again?
by Rialto Chatter - December 15, 2010

BroadwayWorld has been hearing that SPIDER MAN's Natalie Mendoza, who has been out of the show since December 2 due to a concussion she received during the first preview, could be out of the show for as long as another week. A spokesperson for the production stated that Mendoza 'would be going back into the production very soon,' in response. Reportedly, Mendoza underwent medical testing this week. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: SPIDEY Choreographer Talks StuntsSTAGE TUBE: SPIDEY Choreographer Talks Stunts
by BroadwayWorld TV - December 15, 2010

Broadway's newest musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark is currently in previews at the Foxwoods Theatre. DanceOn sat down with Daniel Ezralow, the choreographer and aerial choreographer of the big-budget musical, to discuss the process of mounting this large-scale production. Ezralow gives DanceOn the inside scoop on the technology behind the rigging system, his inspiration for the choreography and what it was like to audition dancers for the show. Additionally, he gives insight behind the overall collaboration of making Spider-Man on Broadway a reality. (more...)

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