U2's Spider-Man Musical Appears To Be Cursed

12/22/2010
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(Gibson) Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the Broadway musical co-conceived by U2's Bono and The Edge, has been hit with yet another setback, one that was near-catastrophic. As reported by the Associated Press, on Monday, Dec. 20, a stuntman identified as Christopher Tierney fell approximately 30 feet during an aerial stunt after his cable harness snapped. A nurse at New York's Bellevue Hospital, where Tierney was admitted, said the 31-year-old aerialist was in stable condition.

The accident is the latest in a series of debacles that have plagued the musical. Injuries have previously befallen three other actors, including Natalie Mendoza, who plays Spider-Man's evil love interest, Arachne. During the show's first preview, Mendoza was hit in the head by a rope and suffered a concussion, which sidelined her for two weeks. In addition, money woes and massive costs have all but insured the show will incur losses totaling millions.

On Friday, lead producer Michael Cohl announced for the second time that the official opening for the musical would be pushed back, this time from Jan. 11 to Feb. 7. "The creative team is implementing truly exciting changes throughout the preview process," Cohl said. "Due to some unforeseeable setbacks, most notably the injury of a principal cast member, it has become clear that we need to give the team more time to fully execute their vision."

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