Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark Will Have A Gloomy Future?

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It looks like the Spider-Man Broadway Musical is having some bad luck as more and more production accidents mishaps are happening. And now, another misfortune has bestowed upon them.

It was reported that one of its actresses, Natalie Mendoza, is going to be leaving the said production because of the injury she had experienced while doing the play. On its first preview last November 28, the actress was hit by a very heavy rope, which resulted to a concussion on her part. Despite still coming back for some performances last Dec. 15, she took a leave of absence last Dec. 20, and was not heard of ever since.

But people from the production staff, as well as the casts are not sure whether she has quit or not. Her spokesperson still can’t give any information on that, while the spokesperson of the show, Rick Miramontez, still cannot confirm immediately about her departure.

Just last week, another actor named Christopher Tierney fell more than 20 feet when a tether that was supposed to prevent him from free falling was fully fixed. He suffered major injuries such as broken ribs and internal bleeding and, as of this writing, is still in serious condition. This has been the fourth injury by a performer and it is greatly affecting the performance despite the continued showing showing of performances.

This misfortunes might be telling us, as well as to the cast and crew of the $60 million play, that Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark might be heading off to a gloomy future. The safety of the performers have already been questioned by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the state Department of Labor, and have even ordered to put additional safety protocols and equipments. So, far there have been no reports of injuries. But I’m pretty sure four consecutive injuries in just a month is enough to say this play will soon have to end.

I hope that the incidences that happened will serve as a lesson for the cast and crew to put safety first above everything else. The production costs $60 million! At least a big portion of that should have gone to the safety of the equipments and the materials more than the costumes and other things. Safety should always be the first thing that comes to mind when doing a major production, or else it would ruin the reputation of the play itself.


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