NEW YORK (AP) — The Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will be performed as scheduled Friday night, a day after an actor playing the comic book hero was badly injured 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," said Rick Miramontez, a show spokesman.
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.
Curry is a graduate of the LaGuardia School of Performing Arts — the so-called "Fame" school — and appeared in an episode of "Smash" and toured with the "Man In The Mirror" Michael Jackson Tribute tour.
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 labor 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."
Curry, who is in his 20s, was raised near Minneapolis and told The Star-Tribune in 2011 that he thirsted for a life performing in New York. His mother soon moved the family to the borough of Queens to make his hope to attend LaGuardia High School .
"I had these big dreams," he said. "I've always wanted to dance, to be on Broadway, and I'm just thankful for my mom for making that happen."
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