Spider-Man: Turn Off the Injuries

There was a promise that I made to myself that I would refrain from writing about anything that was happening in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark for at least a year.  Then last week happened, and I’m going to have to break that promise.  Don’t worry, I’ll make it up to myself.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been widely criticized for its delay of performances, canceled previews, and massive budget, but things became much more serious last week when another injury occurred.  On December 20, actor Christopher Tierney fell 30 feet while performing a stunt in the show.  The performance was immediately canceled, as the curtain fell with seven minutes left to go in the second act.  Tierney was immediately taken to the hospital where it was discovered the fall produced a fractured skull, a broken scapula, a broken arm, four broken ribs, a bruised lung, and three fractured vertebrae.

Anyone keeping up with this show knows that this is not the first injury to happen in the show.  Actress Natalie Mendoza, who was playing the character Arachne, suffered a concussion during the first preview performance of the musical.  Since the second preview, the role had been played by her understudy and another actress until Mendoza could return to the show.

Earlier this week it was reported that Mendoza was in talks to leave the show.  Today it was officially announced that she would no longer be apart of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.  Though there has been no official statement for her reasoning for leaving the show, it should be noted that a series of injuries in the cast may have at least had an influence on her.  Remember, besides her and Tierney’s accidents, Kevin Aubin broke both of his wrists while performing a stunt from the show for a group of investors.

Here’s hoping there will be no more injuries plaguing the Foxwoods Theare.

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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Everyone, mark your calenders. The greatest musical opening since Starlight Express is about to happen. On November 14, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will begin previews on Broadway at the Foxwoods Theatre.

Julie Taymor (Most famous for directing Disney’s The Lion King) is back in the director’s chair. She also co-wrote the libretto with Glen Berger. But that is not the most interesting part of the creative team. The music and lyrics have been written by two huge names of musical theatre: Bono and The Edge. You read that right.

You might be asking yourself just what exactly this $54 million musical is about. It really is quite simple. Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider. After crying and moaning that he can’t get the girl of his dreams, he realizes that he has superpowers and attempts to use them for good. When the struggle of saving his city becomes too much for the teenage superhero, he continues to cry and moan. Only now he’s trying to turn off the dark… whatever that means.

The musical appears to be much better than that, though. Unlike the past three movies (Simply titled Spider-Man I, II, and III) this musical will actually contain a plethora of villains. Audiences can expect to see the Green Goblin, Kraven the Hunter, Lizard, Carnage, Grim Hunter, and the new villain known as Swiss Miss (Insert clever joke about the drink here).

There is no telling just how exactly this musical will turn out. It should be noted that, as stated above, the musical is going into the newly named Foxwoods Theatre. The former name of it was the Hilton Theatre, which had killed more shows than the uttering of the “M” word.

The musical officially opens on December 21. For further information about this glorious piece of theatre, check out their website.