Last week we had our own Brian Collins brave a show of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the troubled Spidey musical (you can read his review here), and in the days that followed it was announced that the show would debut officially (it’s in ‘previews’ right now) later than expected, being moved back to February to fix some problems and tighten things up. There had been a couple of injuries in rehearsals, all coming from people taking tumbles during the show’s many aerial stunts (which send the actors flying over the audience), but the problems around the stunts seem cleared up.
Until tonight. Details remain sketchy but there appears to have been a terrible accident on stage during the show, and reports indicate that lead Jennifer Damiano, who plays Mary Jane, was injured during a fall.
Brian Lynch, screen and comic writer, was in the audience tonight and tweeted this:
We’ve been following Turn Off the Dark for a while, and while it’s been a laugh to see such a wrongheaded and weird production, there’s nothing funny about an injury. Hopefully everybody is okay, but the question of what this means for the show’s future is one that looms ominously.
UPDATE: The latest news seems to indicate that the injured actor was a man, but not leading man Reeve Carney. Reports have a 31 year old going to Bellevue, not being rushed, and being awake and aware before heading to the ambulance. Sounds like the worst didn’t happen.