Monday, July 22, 2024

Spider Man Broadway Flying Problems: We Told You Three Weeks Ago


We told you on October 12th that “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark” was expecting investigators to look at all its flying components. See the link above. This was long before the accidents that have happened at the Foxwoods Theater on West 42nd St., and before both the New York Times and today’s story in the Hollywood Reporter.

The investigators were always scheduled to come. But now, with various accidents, they’ll be extra eagle-eyed.

One of the problems may be that the people who are flying around, dressed as Spider Man, etc, aren’t trained acrobats. As I reported before, they’re just athletic actors.

The flying will likely be approved, and the show will go on. I am told that scenes where Spider Man flies around and lands in the audience are “spectacular.” Sources working on the show so far have nothing about excited praise for what’s going on–except, of course, those that have wound up in the ER.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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