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15 items from 2010


Actor’s from U2’s ‘Spider Man’ call for closure ‘before someone dies’ – See Video (IrishCentral)

24 December 2010 1:39 AM, PST | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

Read more: Curse of U2's 'Spider-Man' musical continues- See Video The actors working on the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” have asked that the show be shut down before anyone else is hurt. The group joined forces to voice their feelings following an accident on Monday night when stuntman, Christopher Tierney’s safety harness malfunctioned as he jumped from a platform during a stunt. Tierney plummeted 30 feet into the orchestra as the audience at the rehearsal screamed in horror. He was rushed to hospital and is said to be in a “serious condition” having suffered multiple broken ribs and substantial bleeding. Speaking to Seacoastonline his brother, Patrick, said that he has undergone back surgery. He said “I don't know when he'll be back on stage if at all', Patrick said. The actors from the musical left comments about the incident and previous incidents on their Facebook and Twitter pages. »

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Broadway Stars Lash Out Against Injury Riddled Spider-man Musical

23 December 2010 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Various broadway musical stars are speaking out against the injury plagued stage show Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark and want the production to call it quits after the latest critical injury of a stuntman. After actor Christopher Tierney fell 30 feet on Monday's show of Turn Off The Dark, he has been in critical condition ever since with his family unsure whether he'll make it out of the hospital alive. Natalie Mendoza suffered a concussion backstage after getting nailed in the face with some equipment and another actor broke both wrists during rehearsal. The New York State Department of Labor is currently investigating the production, which runs at an astounding budget of $65,000,000. Tony-winning actress Alice Ripley commented via Twitter: "Does someone have to die? Where is the line »

- Keven Skinner

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Spider-Man Broadway Director Blasted For On-Set Injury

22 December 2010 12:24 PM, PST | x17online.com | See recent x17online news »

New York, New York (X17online) - Julie Taymor, the director of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, is the subject of numerous Facebook and Twitter rants from Broadway stars speaking out on the injury that took place on the set of her show. Adam Pascal, star of Rent, wrote the following on Facebook: "They should put Julie Taymor in jail for assault! I hope [actor Christopher Tierney] is ok and sues the s**t out of Julie, Bono, Edge and every other a**hole who invested in that steaming pile of actor crippling s**t!" Alice Ripley, a Tony-winning actress, tweets: "Does someone have to die? Where is the line for the decision makers, I am curious. Spider-Man should be ashamed of itself," she went on. "This is completely unacceptable and embarrassing to working actors everywhere." Tierney fell 30 feet from the New York stage during Monday's performance. Natalie Mendoza, also working for the $65 million production, »

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‘Spider-Man’ Broadway Musical Injury Being Investigated By Authorities — Shut This Show Down!

22 December 2010 8:34 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

The latest tragedy — a performer fell 30 feet — should be last straw for this problem-filled production!

The problems just keep coming for the ‘upcoming’ Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. After a string of troubled performances, poor buzz and increasing budget woes, a massive injury Dec. 20 should be the nail in the coffin for the show.

The New York Post reports stunt double Christopher Tierney was the latest victim of the stunt-filled spectacle, where a fall due to a faulty rope left the aerialist with broken ribs and internal bleeding.

Mistakes and errors have been increasingly common on the Broadway production, but this accident — the third before the show has even opened — is by far the most serious. The injury is being investigated by several offices, ranging from the state Department of Labor to the Fdny.

All of these injuries are indicative of a production troubled from the start, which »

- Andy

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Broadway Star on 'Spider-Man': 'Does Someone Have to Die?'

22 December 2010 7:49 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tony-winning actress Alice Ripley, "Rent" star Adam Pascal, and other Broadway actors say "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" should be ashamed of itself after the serious injury of a stuntman, the fourth performer hurt in the production. "This is completely unacceptable and embarrassing to working actors everywhere," Ripley tweeted. She later added: "Does someone have to die? Where is the line for the decision-makers, I am curious." Also read: Pee-Wee Herman Going From Broadway to HBO Ripley is appearing in the Los Angeles production of "Next to Normal," for which she won a »

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Does Broadway's Spider-Man Need Superman?

22 December 2010 7:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Producers announced late Wednesday afternoon that the evening's scheduled reopening of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark at the Foxwoods Theatre would not take place, the latest setback to the troubled production. This week, a fourth actor was injured while performing in the show, shutting down the production Tuesday night and the Wednesday matinee. It was to re-open Wednesday night, but its future may now be in jeopardy. Christopher Tierney, 31, the show's top aerial stuntman, is recovering at Bellevue Hospital from broken ribs and internal bleeding after his harness failed and he fell 30 feet into the orchestra pit during Monday night's performance, »

- Tim Nudd

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'Spider-Man' Musical Director Speaks Out On Injuries

22 December 2010 4:18 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'An accident like this is obviously heartbreaking for our entire team,' Julie Taymor says in statement.

By Terri Schwartz

Julie Taymor

Photo: Jeff Kravitz/ WireImage

There's been a lot of negative press about Julie Taymor's Broadway musical "Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark," after a fourth castmember, aerialist and stunt double Christopher Tierney, was injured during a preview performance on Monday. A spokesperson for the show made a statement on Tuesday and the Actors' Equity Association spoke to MTV News about the show's streak of injuries. And now Taymor has commented about the show's continued bad luck.

"An accident like this is obviously heartbreaking for our entire team and, of course, to me personally," Taymor said in her statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "I am so thankful that Chris is going to be alright and is in great spirits. Nothing is more important than the safety of our »

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Pascal Calls For Director To Be Jailed Over Spider-man Accidents

22 December 2010 4:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Broadway star Adam Pascal has called for the director of troubled musical Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark to be prosecuted after another actor was injured on-stage during a preview performance.

The beleaguered show, which features a soundtrack by U2 stars Bono and The Edge, has been blighted by delays amid rigorous safety checks for the production's aerial stunts.

The musical has also been dogged by injuries - actress Natalie Mendoza suffered concussion on the first night of previews when a rope broke and hit her on the head, and Spider-Man stuntman Kevin Aubin broke both wrists during rehearsals in October.

Another preview ended in disaster on Monday when the show was cut short following a horrific accident, which saw stunt double Christopher Tierney tumble from a platform above the stage. He was hospitalised and diagnosed with several broken ribs.

Director Julie Taymor branded the accident "heartbreaking" but was "thankful" Tierney wasn't more seriously hurt, and an investigation has subsequently blamed the incident on "human error".

But Rent star Pascal is fuming over the latest injuries, and has called for Taymor to face legal action, according to the New York Post.

In a series of posts on Facebook.com, he writes, "They should be put Julie Taymor in jail for assault! I hope (Tierney) is ok and sues the s**t out of Julie, Bono, Edge and every other a**hole who invested in that steaming pile of actor crippling s**t!"

Tony Award-winning actress Alice Ripley also took to her Twitter.com page to air her views about the show's injury problems: "Does someone have to die? Where is the line for the decision makers, I am curious. Spider-Man should be ashamed of itself. This is completely unacceptable and embarrassing to working actors everywhere."

The musical's official opening is currently scheduled for February. »

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Rob Reiner Adapting "Next to Normal"

3 December 2010 8:29 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filmmaker Rob Reiner ("A Few Good Men," "The Princess Bride") is reportedly hoping to turn Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "Next to Normal" into a feature film says Playbill.com.

Talking with Peter Bart, Reiner says the film is one he "would love to make, that I'm dying to make...I've been lobbying for this since it went on Broadway. It is a completely and utterly unique project and I've been dying to make a musical. It's done brilliantly and it's very uplifting."

The rock musical concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. Alice Ripley, Aaron Tveit, J. Robert Spencer and Jennifer Damiano starred in the original Broadway run. »

- Garth Franklin

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'Next to Normal' to Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theater: 'I'm Alive!'

1 December 2010 1:00 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Broadway production "Next to Normal" has taken its show on the road and Zap2it had the distinct privilege of attending the national tour's opening night (Sunday, Nov. 28) at Downtown Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theater.

The evening's list of attendees was a who's who of stage, screen and TV favorites including Pierce Brosnan (seated directly in row in front of us), "Glee's" Teenage Dream Darren Criss and Jenna Ushkowitz, Seth Cohen -- er -- Adam Brody ("The Oc"), adorable Amanda Seyfried of "Mean Girls" fame (yes, and "Dear John", "Mamma Mia" etc. etc., but she'll always affectionately be Karen with the "fifth sense" to us), Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sarah Hyland of "Modern Family," Greg Berlanti (creator of "Brothers & Sisters"), Camryn Manheim ("The Practice"), Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Chad Lowe, Peter MacNicol ("Grey's Anatomy," "Ally McBeal") and "Next to Normal's" Tom Kitt (music »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Next To Normal To Close In New Year

11 November 2010 2:06 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tony Award-winning musical Next To Normal will end its run on Broadway in January - with a series of performances by married theatre veterans Mazzie and Jason Danieley.

The show opened in New York's famed theatre district in April 2009 to huge acclaim, garnering a slew of awards later that year, including Tonys for Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley.

It also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama - a rare accolade for a musical.

But declining ticket sales have convinced bosses at Manhattan's Booth Theater to halt the show's run in January after almost two years, according to Variety.com.

The curtain will fall for the final time on the musical, about a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder, on 16 January. »

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Totally 'Normal'

16 September 2010 10:04 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Performing opposite each other is nothing new for real-life married couple Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. They met while doing Charles L. Mee's production of "The Trojan Women: A Love Story" Off-Broadway, playing the iconic lovers Dido and Aeneas—admittedly within the parameters of Mee's quirky spin. The actors subsequently tackled Lizzie and Starbuck in "110 in the Shade" at the Pasadena Playhouse, and Fiona and Tommy in L.A.'s Reprise production of "Brigadoon." Danieley and Mazzie sing together in cabarets, concert halls, and on a CD (dubbed, appropriately enough, "Opposite You").Still, none of their joint ventures was on Broadway, though individually each boasts a roster of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional credits. As they tell it, acting together on Broadway had been a long-standing dream. The two actors love lighthearted fare, they insist, but were seeking meaty, serious roles, citing "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" as a project they'd »

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Saving Face on Facebook

29 July 2010 8:09 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

To friend or not to friend? That is the question Facebook's many users are confronted with on a daily basis. It's even more of a quandary for actors, whose co-workers constantly change as they go from rehearsal hall to temp job to film set. The more names and faces and contacts you collect, the better for your career, right? That may depend on how wisely, and to what end, you use Facebook.Facebook is the perfect platform for keeping your network of contacts informed about that play you're in or when your episode of "Rescue Me" or "The Big Bang Theory" will be airing. Do use it to post credits, photos from shows you're in, and even video clips. Use it to reconnect and network with former classmates and colleagues. But understand its limitations. While it can help you to stay in touch with folks you know, it's not the »

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Lucille Lortels are off-Broadway's version of Tony Awards

30 April 2010 10:48 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Lucille Lortel Awards celebrate a silver anniversary Sunday night. These kudos are presented by the Off-Broadway League, a collection of producers who stage shows in smaller venues than those on Broadway. A successful off-Broadway run can lead to a transfer to Broadway and a chance to contend at the Tony Awards. Last year, the musical "Next to Normal" -- which had premiered at the off-Broadway venue Second Stage in 2008 -- was a last-minute entry into the derby. This tuner about a woman coping with mental illness contended for 11 Tony Awards, winning three: lead actress Alice Ripley, score by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey and orchestrations. Last month it was awarded the Pulitzer »

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'Next to Normal' wins Pulitzer Prize for drama

12 April 2010 1:33 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama has gone to the musical "Next to Normal." The tuner about a woman coping with mental illness contended for 11 Tony Awards last season, winning three: lead actress Alice Ripley, score by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (who share the Pulitzer and the $10,000 cash prize) and orchestrations. In the 92-year history of the Pulitzers, seven other musicals have won the award: "Of Thee I Sing" (1932); "South Pacific" (1950); "Fiorello" (1960); "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1962); "A Chorus Line" (1976); "Sunday in the Park with George" (1985); and "Rent" (1996). The board that administers the Pulitzers overruled the recommendation of the jury, which listed »

- tomoneil

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