The over-the-top musical production by Julie Taymor and company, Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, may just be over. Taymor’s musical has come to a screeching halt after the events of last night’s showing. Stuntman Christopher Tierney, who doubles for Spidey as well as two of the villains for the production, fell thirty feet after one of his cables snapped. In a statement released to Broadway World it is said that,
“Actors’ Equity Association is working with management and the Department of Labor to ensure that performances will not resume until back-up safety measures are in place.”
The events of putting the Spidey musical together almost read like a comic itself. And surprisingly, the villains aren’t Bono and the Edge. The villains have come in the form of an outrageous budget, constant delays of the production and faulty equipment. If anything should be the last straw and end this production, this should be it! I think Taymor, despite how good she is at what she does, has unfortunately bitten off a little more than she can chew this time. I just hope this guy is gonna be alright.