New York labour inspectors prompt Spider-Man cancellation

The producers assured fans the evening show would go on as planned after cancelling a matinee performance following a mishap on Monday (20Dec10), which sent stunt double Christopher Tierney to hospital with smashed ribs and internal bleeding – but the show was scrapped.

An investigation by officials at the Actors’ Equity Association ruled the incident, in which Tierney plunged from the stage, was due to “human error” on the stage crew’s part.

The shocking accident – the fourth since the show opened – prompted Spider-Man producers to axe Wednesday’s matinee to allow a number of safety precautions to be added to the show.

They had hoped to resume production in time for the evening performance, but that was abruptly scrapped after labour inspectors demanded access to the set in a bid to prevent any further accidents.

Director Julie Taymor held a meeting with concerned castmembers on Wednesday to assure them producers were taking every precaution available.

She told The Hollywood Reporter, “Nothing is more important that the safety of our Spider-Man family.”

And the castmembers, led by Spider-Man Reeve Carney and Patrick Page, did their best to cheer up disappointed theatregoers on Wednesday night by taking to the streets outside the Foxwoods Theatre to meet fans.

Carney says, “We came out to sign autographs for the fans. It was Patrick Page’s idea – the Green Goblin isn’t so bad after all!”

And Page is remaining positive about the future of the show, insisting he’s “confident everything will work out in the end”.

The production is expected to resume on Thursday (23Dec10).