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The troubled $65-million musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been issued two safety violations for accidents last year that resulted in the injuries of three performers.
Citing an unnamed official with the New York State Department of Labor, The New York Times reports the findings require the show’s producers to continue safety measures put in place in December after Christopher Tierney, one of several aerialists who doubles for Spider-Man, fell more than 20 feet, suffering serious injuries. Two other performers were hurt while rehearsing a stunt that catapults them from the back of the stage to the lip.
According to the newspaper, state officials will continue to conduct announced inspections. If they find any safety measures aren’t being followed, they can withdraw variances issued last year allowing aerial sequences to be performed over the audience.
News of the violations capped off a week that began with scathing reviews, then continued with an angry response from the show’s lead producer and, on Friday, a report that the production is again turning to focus groups.
To add insult to injury, Spider-Man was again lampooned by Saturday Night Live, this time in a fake commercial for the law firm of Gublin & Green, which specializes in winning settlements for anyone injured by the show. “We’ve settled all kinds of complaints: ‘Didn’t like the songs'; ‘confused by the plot'; ‘insulted legacy of Spider-Man'; ‘Fell asleep so suddenly I hit head on seat in front of me'; ‘sucky title’ …” Watch the video after the break.
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the most expensive and technically complex show in Broadway history, is set to officially open on March 15, after five delays.