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Sixth performer injured in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Matthew James Thomas

Another cast member of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was injured Wednesday, the first since the once accident-prone Broadway musical underwent a sweeping overhaul in April.

Newsday reports that Matthew James Thomas, who plays Peter Parker in the Wednesday and Saturday matinees, suffered a head injury backstage at the Foxwoods Theatre near the beginning of the second act. Production stopped for about 10 minutes as Thomas was taken to the hospital for stitches. Star Reeve Carney, who happened to be in the theater at the time of the mishap, stepped into the role for the rest of the performance.

Producers described Thomas’ injury as “minor,” and released a statement saying, “He is fine and will be back in the show for his next scheduled performance on Saturday.”

Thomas, who was named as Carney’s fill-in about a year ago, is the sixth performer to be injured in the $70-million musical. The most recent was Arachne actress T.V. Carpio, who was hurt March 16 during one of the show’s many fight scenes (she replaced Natalie Mendoza, who left after suffering a concussion during the problem-filled first preview). The worst, however, was aerialist Christopher Tierney, who fell about 30 feet in December, breaking four ribs and fracturing three vertebrae. He returned to rehearsals in April.

The latest injury comes just as original director Julie Taymor, who was forced out of Spider-Man in March after five delays and a barrage of scathing reviews, filed a lawsuit against the producers, demanding proper pay and credit.



Oh, come on! Just shut down the stupid show already! Spider-Man is just one of those things that just DOESN’T need the broadway musical treatment. If this hadn’t been made, maybe we could’ve gotten something original out on the stage.

looks like the turn of the dark curse strikes again just when it looked like the thing finaly freed itself and was a functioning normal broadway play. glad the injury was not real serious. though hate to think that the next person injured on this thing could be the one killed by the play.

I happened to be thinking about this last week. Has anyone noticed that the only time we hear anything about the Spider-Man show is when something bad happens?? Ever since it finally went into regular performances, it’s like it dropped off the face of the planet. Until now again……………………….

This play doesn’t seem all that good from what i’ve seen of it (which is not all that much considering that i’m not in the USA). There are some things that just don’t belong in musical theatre & Spiderman is one of them.

I bet in 5 or 10 years in some Marvel comic some hero like Wolverine or the resurrected Human Torch is going to make fun of Spider-Man for the debacle of a musical based on his life.

Went and saw this show on NYCC weekend, and it’s really a fantastic adaptation of the Spider-Man story. The actors were all great (particularly Norman Osborn / Green Goblin), the sets were amazing, and the action was non-stop. It’s definitely a non-traditional Broadway show, but not in a bad way.

With all of the acrobatics, I can definitely see how cast members might be injured – but, man, was it fun.

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