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Officials Investigate The Safety Of Special Effects In Spider-Man Musical!

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Smart move!

The New York State Department of Labor will be examining the safety of various special effects in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, after two castmembers suffered broken bones from a 'flying mechanism' being employed in the new Broadway production!

However, according to department spokesman Leo Rosales, this is standard procedure, as all stage productions with special effects must be approved by state inspectors.

He explains:

“The flying in this musical is unprecedented for Broadway, and we’re going to urge the producers to make sure everything is as safe as possible.”

However, Actors Equity has also gotten involved, and reportedly forced the production to shift rehearsal schedules when they realized that various cast members were practicing the flying stunts in close proximity of one another!

Spokesperson Maria Somma explains:

"When a show is preparing to debut a lot of technology, especially flying over stage and audiences, we keep a close eye.”

Good! We're happy to hear that this is being taken so seriously!

Accidents happen, and thankfully no one was too seriously injured, but we want the production to go safely AND smoothly, so it's important that these officials are present to oversee that the proper regulations are in place!


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One comment to “Officials Investigate The Safety Of Special Effects In Spider-Man Musical!”

  1. 1

    Please take this article down. The headline only proves you have no idea what goes into make a stage production. I'm all for free press for Broadway, but this article is ridiculous.

    EVERY SINGLE BROADWAY PLAY that uses any type of special effect (pyro, lifts, flying rigs, etc.) is ALWAYS checked and cleared by the safety dept. AND fire marshal before the show is allowed to be viewed by an audience.

    Spiderman is not "special" in any way by receiving an inspection. And AE can influence rehearsal schedule changes on any production.