Julie Taymor’s Broadway version of Spider-Man with music by U2, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, cost a reported $65 million, which is a lot considering Kick-Ass only cost about half that and probably has way less singing. It’s hard to say where the money went, but apparently it didn’t go to safety. Actress Natalie Mendoza, who played the villain “Arachne”, suffered a concussion after being hit by a rope this week and had to be replaced by understudy America Olivo (pictured), a former Playboy model (giggity). It’s strange, because your mom takes ropes to the face all the time, and she seems fine.
It’s the third accident to beset the troubled production that boasts the most complicated aerial stunts ever assembled for a Broadway show.
In October, aerialist Kevin Aubin broke both his wrists when he slammed down onto the stage during a flying stunt performed as part of a presentation for ticket brokers and group-sales agents. In a separate incident, another actor broke his foot while rehearsing the show. |NYPost|
I don’t get it, haven’t they been Peter Panning people through the air during stage shows for like 100 years? Seems like they’d have that figured out by now. Or maybe it’s just really hard to hold onto your harness when you’re mid Jazz Hands.
Meanwhile, the Post reports that the producers of the show saw the sketch Conan did above and “the real Spidey team isn’t laughing.” Oh boy, FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
The team behind “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” isn’t taking late-night digs too lightly. O’Brien received a gigantic bouquet with a note from the production saying, “We hope you enjoy the flowers. It was cheaper than a cease-and-desist.” |NYPost|
Cheaper than a cease and desist? What does that even mean? If you could sue people for making fun of you, theater kids would’ve lawyered up long ago. It seems to me more like they were joking with him, but it’s hard to say because no one knows what the hell that gesture was supposed to mean. Kind of like the title, “Turn Off the Dark.” It’s nonsensical, and not in a provocative way, just in a these-word-have-been-put-together-wrong sort of way. So far, it seems like the theme of this project is not thinking things through.