Actor Daniel Curry Speaks Out on Injury Sustained During Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark

By Michael Gioia
February 27, 2014

Actor Daniel Curry explains how he sustained an onstage injury at the Aug. 15 performance of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark — bringing the Broadway musical to a stop.



According to the New York Times, Curry — whose foot was caught in one of the mechanical stage lifts in the beginning of the musical's second act — has undergone multiple operations. Surgeons removed about three-quarters of his foot and replaced a portion of it with other tissue, according to Elias Fillas, a lawyer for Curry. Three areas of his foot and leg were shattered, requiring pins and plates, and Curry now wears an orthopedic boot and utilizes crutches.

Curry, recalling his thoughts at the time of his injury, told the Times, "I thought, am I going to die? I mean, I was praying through those moments, and just trying to stay as calm as possible. As alert as possible. I didn't want to pass out, in case I needed to answer people trying to help me… It felt like forever [to be extracted from the stage]… But dancing teaches you how to focus. I was focusing as much as I could."

As previously reported, Curry filed a 27-page complaint and is suing the show's producers, led by Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris, for negligence.

Representatives for the high-flying Broadway musical have previously said that Curry's injuries were the result of human error.

According to the Times, an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found the lift did not have "machine guarding" to protect performers from "crushing hazards as the moving lift ascends to the stage." The investigator's report described the lack of guarding as a "serious violation" and proposed a $2,800 penalty against the Spider-Man producers as well as a $400 penalty for failing to provide documents within four hours.

In December 2013, producers settled with OSHA, paid $2,880 and pledged to add machine guarding for the rest of the show's run. However, the settlement stated that producers would not admit that the lack of guarding caused Curry's injuries.

Curry made his Broadway debut as a swing in the production. When asked if he thought he would ever dance again, Curry said, "I don't know."

The production suffered numerous injuries during its preview period and following the opening, including cast member Christopher Tierney.

Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark ended its Broadway run Jan. 4 at the Foxwoods Theatre.