Actor Daniel Curry sustained the injury when his leg was pinned underneath backstage machinery, according to reports from the Fire Department of New York. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition.
In ruling out a tech malfunction, the statement suggests human error was likely the cause of the injury. That was also the case in the high-profile 2010 incident that saw actor Christopher Tierney fall from a raised platform into the orchestra pit, attributed to an improperly fastened harness.
Tierney's injury, from which the actor fully recovered before eventually returning to the show, was one of a string of publicity-grabbing injuries that plagued cast members of the musical during its famously long, troubled preview period. Since the show's opening in June 2011, however, no major injuries have occurred.
However, the latest incident reps the second time in recent weeks when safety concerns have played a part in halting the production, which cancelled a recent show before it started due to malfunctions in the automation systems that control the production's complex set and special effects.
The injury also come soon after the death of a performer in Cirque du Soleil's Vegas show "Ka," another stage production that, like "Spider-Man," is filled with huge, technically complicated sets and high-flying acrobatics.
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