Broadway Actors: Shut Down "Spider-Man"

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Broadway actors are calling for the increasingly dangerous new musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" to go dark forever before anyone else is hurt.

Stuntman Christopher Tierney was seriously injured when a saftey harness broke during a preview performance on Monday, sending him on a 30-foot fall into the orchestra pit. This is the fourth accident on the set, and actors say it's time to shut down the production before anyone else is hurt -- or worse.

"Does someone have to die?" Tony Award-winning actress Alice Ripley wrote on Twitter. "Where is the line for the decision makers, I am curious?"

But producers may not be so eager to shut down the production. The show is costing them $65 million, making it by far the most expensive Broadway show ever. With music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge from rock band U2, no expense has been spared.

Except, apparently, actor safety.

"Rent" leading man Adam Pascal didn't mince words when talking about the show and producer Julie Taymore.

"They should put Julie Taymore in jail for assault. I hope Tierney is ok and sues the s*** out of Julie, Bono, Edge and every other a**hole who invested in that steaming pile of actor crippling s***."

The 31-year-old Tierney suffered multiple injuries, including broken ribs and substantial bleeding. His brother said he is scheduled to have back surgery today.

"I don't know when he'll be back on stage if at all," Patrick Tierney said.

Tierney joins the list of casualties on set -- a dancer suffered broken bones during an accident, an actor broke both of his wrists in a stunt during rehearsals, and an actress suffered a concussion during another preview.

The New York State Department of Labor visited the theatre to investigate the latest accident.

In addition to the accidents, the production has been besieged with other problems and technical glitches. Opening night was postponed by four weeks and is now set for February 7th.

But at least one investor admitted maybe it is time to pull the plug.

"This is a disaster," one investor told the New York Post. "We should cut our losses and just get out."