Daniel Curry, 23, one of the nine dancers who dons a Spider-Man costume in “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” is reportedly in Bellevue Hospital in serious condition after his leg was caught last night in a piece of the show’s automated equipment, causing the musical to be halted and then canceled for the night.
Curry, a graduate of the LaGuardia School of Performing Arts who appeared in an episode of “Smash” and toured with the “Man In The Mirror” Michael Jackson Tribute tour, is making his Broadway debut in Spider-Man. Witnesses said he screamed in pain near the beginning of the second act when a trap door shut on his leg. Crew members rushed to help, putting up a screen between him and the audience, cutting a hole in the stage floor, and placing him on a stretcher.
The injury recalls a time almost three years ago, when the show was racked by delays, disagreements, bad luck, and a series of accidents that culminated in Spider-Man performer Christopher Tierney plummeting some 30 feet off a platform to become the fourth cast member with serious injuries.
The musical’s string of accidents was decried and mocked far and wide. The President of Actors Equity said that he was “disturbed and distraught” by the injuries. On Saturday Night Live, a character identified as the fourth understudy of Spider-Man hung upside down from the ceiling. “The first one broke his wrist, the next guy shattered his leg, the next guy just exploded,” he said. “It’s a musical; it happens.You know how many people die every year doing Jersey Boys?” Another segment of SNL presented the firm of Gublin and Green, a firm that specialized in injuries on Spider-Man.
“Following last night’s accident at SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark, Daniel Curry remains in the hospital in stable condition having sustained an injury to his foot. Tonight’s performance will go on as scheduled. The technical elements of the show are all in good working order, and we can confirm that equipment malfunction was not a factor in the incident. Our thoughts are with Daniel and his family.”