Time to Pull Plug on Disastrous Spider-Man Musical?

| by Kate Wharmby Seldman

Is the new Spider-Man musical a disastrous, expensive flop?

A fourth actor was injured during a Monday night performance of the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” Christopher Tierney, an aerial performer, fell off a platform into a pit when a line holding him snapped.

He broke ribs and suffered internal bleeding. The show had to be stopped several minutes before its end, and the next performance was cancelled. New York State Department of Labor visited the set on Tuesday to examine malfunctioning stage equipment that may have led to Tierney's fall.

Incredibly, this is the fourth performer who's been injured in "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark." Natalie Mendoza, who plays Arachne in the musical, was hit in the head by a rope holding a piece of equipment as she stood offstage during the first preview performance.

She suffered a concussion and missed a performance. Kevin Aubin broke both wrists during a flying demonstration involving a slingshot-like piece of equipment, and another actor, who didn't want to be named, reported that he broke a toe using the slingshot.

The musical is Broadway's most expensive production ever, costing more than $65 million. It's been plagued not only with injuries, but also with technical malfunctions. It staged its first performance at the Foxwoods Theater on Nov. 28 and critics were astonished at how many technical glitches arose.

"The show stopped five times, mostly to fix technical problems, and Act I ended prematurely, with Spider-Man stuck dangling 10 feet above audience members."

Not only that, but one critic added that the production featured "a dull score and baffling script."

How long before this overpriced turkey gets tossed in the trash?