Sunday, February 13, 2011

"Spidey" Caught In NY Department Of Labor Web

According to reports, the New York State Department of Labor has issued two safety violations against the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark", based on the Marvel Comics superhero character, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Safety violations were related to accidents last year, including one violation involving an actor who fell more than 20 feet during a performance and the other related to two performers injured while rehearsing a stunt in which cast members are catapulted from the back to the front of the stage.

State safety officials will now perform 'surprise inspections', with further violations leading to the withdrawal of variances issued last year allowing 'Spider-Man' aerial stunts.

Producers have 60 days to appeal the Labor Department findings.

Directed by Julie Taymor ("The Lion King") "Spider-Man", the multi-million dollar musical, noted as the most expensive show ever mounted on Broadway, has been delayed from opening four times since previews began Nov. 28.

Cast members injured include an actor playing 'Spider-Man' who fell 35 feet during a performance, suffering a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae, and a lead actress who left the show after she suffered a concussion.

"Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" officially opens March 15, 2011.

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