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Feb142011

Safety Violations Issued Against 'Spider-Man' Musical

Photo Courtesy - Bruce Glikas/ FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The problems for the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark continue to mount.

The New York State Department of Labor has issued two safety violations against the musical in connection with three accidents last year in which performers were injured, according to The New York Times.

In one of the accidents, performer Christopher Tierney, one of the actors who portrays Spider-Man, fell from a platform and suffered a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae.  The second violation stems from injuries suffered by two performers while rehearing a stunt. 

The violations do not include another incident involving actress Natalie Mendoza, who suffered a concussion backstage when she was struck in the head by a rope.  Mendoza has since left the production.

In light of the violations, the musical must continue to follow the safety measures that were implemented following Tierney's accident.  In addition, state safety officials will continue to perform unannounced inspections of the musical for the foreseeable future.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, featuring music from U2's Bono and The Edge, now holds the record of most expensive Broadway production ever.  The much-delayed show is currently scheduled to officially open on March 15.

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