The Associated Press quotes fire officials who said Tierney fell from 30 feet to the stage floor. An unnamed actor says his harness snapped. The same unnanamed actor said performers are responsible for securing themselves into their own harnesses. It was not known if Tierney had properly secured himself.
Mariana Leung, a fashion blogger wrote on her website, NearSay.com, that she witnessed the accident from the front row of the balcony. She says there was a scream and someone then yelled out to call 9-1-1. She says that was followed by an announcement that the show would be delayed and minutes later another announcement that the show was not continuing. Leung said the shocked audience slowly exited the theater and Tierney was later carried out to the ambulance in costume.
Tierney is the fourth actor in the $65-million Broadway musical to be seriously injured.
The show was slated to officially open on Jan. 11, but now that date is being pushed back to Feb 7.
Spidey has been plagued with problems from the get go. First, actors were injuring themselves left and right. One actress suffered a concussion on Dec 2 and just returned to the show. Secondly, the book (or the script for those of us not in the theater biz) is said to…how shall I say…SUCK! One friend who saw a preview says the entire second act has no plot. Oy!
You wanna know the real shocker? The show is selling at 98%, meaning 98% of the seats are selling for every performance. How is that possible with a show that is getting such bad word of mouth??? Since the show cost $65 million, producers should be grateful for every seat. SPIDER-MAN: TURN ON THE PLOT, please!