‘Spider-Man’ actor Christopher Tierney was seriously injured on the Broadway set of “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” last December. The stunt actor fell 30 feet while playing the role of Spider-Man, causing four ribs to break, internal bleeding, a fractured skull, fractured shoulder blade and three broken vertebrae. Tierney returned to rehearsals yesterday at the Foxwoods Theatre telling everyone “I feel amazing”. The pins placed in the actor’s back during his stay in the ICU were removed three months early because the actor was itching to return to the stage. Apparently the actor doesn’t have any second thoughts about getting back in his spidey suit and flying through the air. However, the actor will not return to this season’s show due to all the changes made while Christopher was still recovering. The show is now under different direction and choreography and is on hiatus until May 12, 2011.
Christopher was not the only actor working on the “Spider-Man” musical to endure injuries. The lead actress during the show’s initial run, Natalie Mendoza, suffered a concussion during the first performance and then left the show. Both her accident and Christopher’s near-fatal one were blamed on unconnected safety tethers. So, when may I ask will the tethers be secured so no one else gets injured during this show? Maybe the new direction the show is under will not only make changes to the choreography, but the safety equipment as well.