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.
“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!