By Robert Simonson
30 Dec 2013
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Throughout its Broadway lifespan, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark has been a gift to theatre reporters. Even before the day it first swung into the Foxwoods Theatre, the long-aborning, ever-troubled, multi-million-dollar spectacle was generating one-of-a-kind headlines. And once it began performances, the news web became thicker and even more tangled: Creative team infighting; unprecedented delays; technical malfunctions; actor injuries; union investigations; direct dismissals; lawsuits and counter-lawsuits.
Earlier this fall, the producers announced they would close the Broadway production in early 2014. It was the latest headline in a year that produced a bucket of them. Next year, stage chroniclers (and the New York Post's Michael Riedel in particular) will have to find a new subject with which to fill their columns. In the meantime, here's a look back at the accidents, incidents and court battles that kept their laptops burning throughout 2013.
FEBRUARY 19: Former Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark stuntman and original cast member Richard Kobak, who, in a lawsuit, claimed he was injured during his run with the Broadway musical, sues Live Nation Worldwide and other companies for a total of $6 million. Kobak said that he sustained two herniated discs, a concussion, whiplash and holes in both knees as a result of errors by crew members in charge of programming the aerial rigging computer. The performer filled in for stuntman Christopher Tierney, who was injured at the Dec. 20, 2010, performance after falling 30 feet in the Foxwoods Theatre.Continued...