Amazing! 'Spider-Man' Swings Back into Action with Accident-Free Show
The good news? No accidents or major delays in the show. The cast and crew was ecstatic.
"It's a safer show now, show star Reeve Carney (right) said as he signed autographs after the performance. "It was always safe, but now it's safer. It was beautiful to see everyone come together tonight." Producer Michael Cohl was a bit more blunt in his assessment for the AP. "If you weren't nervous tonight, you'd have to be an idiot," he said.The 'Spider-Man' company met earlier in the week with federal and state investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the New York State Labor Department and Actors' Equity to discuss "additional safety protocols," 'Spider-Man' spokesperson Rick Miramontez said Tuesday in a statement. "It was agreed that these measures would be enacted immediately."
Those new measures, focusing on a three-step process to ensure proper harnessing before each stunt, were announced Wednesday by Maureen Cox of the New York Dept. of Labor. Before continuing with the show on Thursday night, the producers had to confirm with the Department of Labor that all of the safety measures were in place.
How does it work during the show? The operator or stagehand will fix the latch to the harness of the performer. Then, another stagehand nearby will verify that it's attached properly. That second person will then be in contact with the stage manager to verify the measures have been completed.
The show canceled its matinee performance on Wednesday in order to rehearse the new protocols. Around 5 PM a sign was posted outside Foxwoods Theatre announcing that the evening performance would also be postponed.
The show's director and co-writer, Julie Taymor, says that Christopher Tierney, the actor recovering from his injuries after his scary fall this week, gets the credit with inspiring the cast to rise above recent troubles.
"We all got together before the show tonight and talked about Chris," Taymor told the AP after the show. "Chris gave us the spirit tonight."
Despite the controversy swirling around the show, ticket sales are "hotter than ever," according to the AP.
"People are coming because they love Spider-Man, U2 or because of morbid curiosity," one theater insider tells PopEater. (U2's Bono and The Edge wrote the show's music and lyrics.)
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