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Performer injured at 'Spider-Man'

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Reports are coming in that a performer was injured at Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark during Monday evening performance. Twitter reports came in from people who were in the audience describing the incident. At 12:15 a.m., the New York Times posted an article that had a report from a police spokesman which confirmed that a male actor was injured at about 10:42 p.m. and taken to Bellevue Hospital Center.

It appears that the incident happened towards the end of the second act where Spider-Man is rescuing his love interest, Mary Jane, as she dangles from a rope attached to a bridge. Iniital reports indicate that the actor playing Spider-Man appeared to trip and fall from the bridge and into an open-pit at the end of the stage. The theater went into a blackout and then the lights were restored. The first announcement made said there would be a delay; but then another one came in saying the show was over.

The New York Times also reported the following which was received in an e-mail from a press representative for the show: “An actor sustained an injury at tonight’s performance of ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.’ He fell several feet from a platform approximately seven minutes before the end of the performance, and the show was stopped. All signs were good as he was taken to the hospital for observation. We will have more news shortly.”

The show began preview performances at the end of November. Three other cast members have had injuries and the official opening which was scheduled for January has been pushed back to Feb. 7, 2011.

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