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“Spider-Man” musical keeps swinging with new safety measures

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s back to business as usual for Broadway’s danger-prone “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” … but for how long?

The stage show resumes performances today as the cast and crew prepare for a February 2011 opening. And stars of the show are stepping up to say they are not afraid to perform in “Dark,” even though multiple cast members have been seriously injured in mishaps tied to the production’s elaborate flying rigs.

“Accidents are horrible but they happen on every show,” said Patrick Page, who plays The Green Goblin in the show. “We feel very safe and very cared for by our director and producer.”

The latest accident involved actor Christopher Tierney, who fell an estimated 30 feet during a performance on Monday. According to the AP, he “has been recovering from broken ribs and internal bleeding at NYC’s Bellevue Hospital,” but “would be released from the hospital on Friday or Saturday, and would continue to recuperate at his family’s home in New Hampshire.”

And so, the show goes on. The New York State Department of Labor announced Wednedsday that it would not rule that the show had to eliminate its stunts. And new precautions apparently are being put into place to eliminate these accidents, including extra stagehands checking harnesses and the inclusion of more pads on stage.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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