'Spiderman' Injury: Trapped Dancer's Leg Is Musical's Latest Mishap

Image: 'Spiderman' Injury: Trapped Dancer's Leg Is Musical's Latest Mishap The nine dancers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."

Friday, 16 Aug 2013 01:04 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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The injury-plagued Broadway show "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" suffered another casualty Thursday when a 23-year-old dancer was seriously hurt as his leg was caught in a stage lift.

Dancer Daniel Curry's leg was caught in a piece of the show's equipment, the New York Times reported. Curry, who played one of the nine "Spider-Man" dancers in the show, was freed quickly and taken to the hospital.

The actor's leg was caught about 9 p.m. at the back of the Foxwoods Theatre stage, according to the New York Daily News, and a black curtain covered the stage for 10 minutes while emergency responders aided the actor. The remainder of the performance was canceled.

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"All of a sudden there was a loud scream," said Andre St. Clare, who attended the show.

Melissa Kessler, who attended the show with her husband and two sons, told the New York Times that it appeared that Curry's leg was pinned in a trapped door.

"The floor looked completely closed on his leg," Kessler told the Times. "They brought out a privacy screen and a lot of people on stage started getting things going. A stretcher was brought out; they were using a saw to cut a hole in the stage floor. All we cared about was whether the actor was and would be O.K. We explained it as simply and as carefully as we could to our kids."

Since its opening in 2010, the "Spider-Man" mega-production has been stunned by injuries. The New York Times reported in December 2010 performer Christopher Tierney fell more than 20 feet from a stage platform into the basement and sustained life-threatening injuries.

Tierney eventually recovered and returned to the show. According to the Times, an improperly attached safety tether contributed to his accident. The show has not had any serious accidents since June 2011.

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In April, stuntman Richard Kobak, who played Spider-Man in some of the musical’s flying sequences, filed a lawsuit against the production. He told the Times that he sustained two herniated discs, a concussion, whiplash and holes in both knees as a result of errors by crew members in charge of programming the aerial rigging computer.

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