NEW YORK – It was Monday night when Christopher Tierney, the stunt double playing Spider-Man in Broadway’s $65 million “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” fell 30 feet while wearing a safety harness that was supposed to prevent the fall.
He was reportedly seriously injured in the fall that required back surgery.
Tierney’s brother, Patrick Tierney said Christopher would be released from the hospital Friday or Saturday and would complete his recovery at home in New Hampshire.
“He’s a dancer. He landed on his feet. If he didn’t land on his feet, he wouldn’t be with us,” said Patrick Tierney, 24, of Plaistow, N.H. “He has a strong body and an amazing attitude.”
Wednesday night’s sold-out performance was cancelled just hours before showtime at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York so that the cast and crew could rehearse the new precautions, which include a requirement that a second person ensure that the harnesses used by performers during the show’s high-flying stunts.
James J. Clafey, Jr. president of local One IATSE said Thursday in a statement that his group “is confident in the additional safety protocols.”
“‘Spider-Man’ is the most challenging musical production in the history of Broadway,” Clafey said. “For all the advanced technical equipment used in today’s Broadway shows, the shows are still performed and run by human beings. The human element cannot be taken out of live theater, and the Broadway theater is a strictly choreographed system of actors, stage managers, technicians and machines.”
The curtain went up again on Thursday the next night.
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