Spider-Man actor injures leg; Broadway show halted

An actor in the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" was injured during a performance, the latest blow to an injury-plagued show that cost $75 million and has endured plenty of offstage drama.

A spokesman for the musical says the actor suffered an injury during the Thursday night performance, which was immediately halted. The actor remained at Bellevue Hospital Friday with a serious leg injury, but was not identified.

Fire officials said they responded to the Foxwoods Theatre on West 42nd Street shortly after 9 p.m. to treat a man whose leg got caught in equipment backstage.

The show's spokesman, Rick Miramontez, said more information will be made available Friday.

"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is Broadway's most expensive show and has become one of its biggest hits after a rocky start, with six delays in its opening night, injuries to fellow actors, a shake-up that led to the firing of Julie Taymor, the show's original director, and critical drubbing.

One actor, Christopher Tierney, suffered a fractured skull, a fractured shoulder blade, four broken ribs and three broken vertebrae during a fall on Dec. 20, 2010; he made a triumphant return to the show. A lead actress, Natalie Mendoza, suffered a concussion during the first preview performance and left the show. A stuntman, Richard Kobak, sued the producers, saying he suffered a concussion, whiplash and two holes in his knees.

The latest accident comes between two casting calls for a new Spider-Man. Actor Reeve Carney, who has been playing the musical's title character and his alter ego Peter Parker since the show began previews in late 2010, will leave Sept. 15, and casting calls are being held this month in New York and Los Angeles.
 

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