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Another Spider-Man actor injured in Broadway show

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NEW YORK -- The Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will continue as scheduled after an actor playing the comic book hero was badly injured Thursday during the special effects-laden show. Producers blamed human error and the union representing actors vowed to investigate.

"Tonight's performance will go on as scheduled. The technical elements of the show are all in good working order, and we can confirm that equipment malfunction was not a factor in the incident," Rick Miramontez, a show spokesman, said Friday.

The injured actor, Daniel Curry, suffered an injury during the Thursday night performance, which was immediately halted. The actor was at Bellevue Hospital on Friday in stable condition with a serious leg injury.

He is making his Broadway debut as one of nine actors who play the costumed Spider-Man during each performance, leaping into the audience and swinging over the orchestra. He also understudied various other roles.

Fire officials said they responded to the Foxwoods Theatre on West 42nd Street shortly after 9 p.m. to treat a man whose leg got caught in equipment backstage.

Actors' Equity Association, a labour union that represents actors and stage managers, issued a statement saying it is "deeply concerned about the Equity member who was injured in the Thursday evening performance" and "has initiated an investigation into the situation, working closely with its members and the representatives of the production."

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is Broadway's most expensive show with a price tag of $75 million. It has become one of its biggest hits after a rocky start, with six delays before its opening night, injuries to fellow actors, a shake-up that led to the firing of Julie Taymor, the show's original director, and critical drubbing.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 16, 2013 G4

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