Wanted: Cirque Consultants for Broadways Spider-Man

A rash of horrific accidents in front of audiences during previews  has turned an already troubled $60 million Broadway production into a full-scale catastrophe-in-the-making.

One stunt double broke both wrists; another broke a toe; an ensemble member fell more than 20 feet into the orchestra pit when his cable detached from his harness; and a lead actress quit on December 30, a month after enduring a concussion when smacked in the head by equipment.

It’s Broadways most expensive show ever and  one that is generating  pretty awful buzz.. It had what seemed to be a perfect recips;  Julie Taymor of Lion King fame, music by U2’s Bono and The Edge—but it has its share of struggles.

Las Vegas writer Steve Friess says , “A handful of  horrible accidents have happened here in Las Vegas. The 2003 tiger attack that maimed illusionist Roy Horn and ended the Siegfried & Roy show is the most famous, but there’s also the 2007 Zumanity case, when performers flying in the air on a long piece of white silk fabric fell and suffered critical injuries. Also, a half-ton prop in O fell on a Bellagio electrician, paralyzing him from the waist down.

Horrible incidents, all. But that’s a handful over the course of a decade spread across thousands of performances involving thousands of performers. Spider-Man has had as many in a month.

Executives at Cirque du Soleil and the equally death-defying Le Rêve won’t let their safety experts talk right now because they don’t want to appear to be insulting or judging the Spider-Man team.

That restraint is as classy as it is frustrating. This is Vegas’ moment to say to New York: We know how to do something you don’t. We make it look easy, but it’s really not. Lord knows, New York elitists have been sneering at the level of talent and quality of musicals on the Strip for decades.”

Read more at Las Vegas Weekly.  

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