"Spider-Man" May Be in Peril After Stuntman's Plunge to Stage

Show's producers will present new safety protocols today

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    Yet another injury on stage has Broadway's new "Spider-Man" musical caught in a web of blame and Federal investigators demanding safer conditions. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010)

    The fate of Broadway's most expensive accident-prone musical is in limbo as producers try to rejigger their high-flying stunts in time to satisfy safety investigators and reopen.

    Producers canceled today's matinee performance of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark'' after Monday evening's 30-foot plunge of a Spider-Man stunt double into a stage pit.

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    State investigators aren't sure whether the equipment, the rigging or the performer caused the fourth accident in the troubled show.

    Actors' Equity Association called it human error, but state Department of Labor spokesman Leo Rosales says the cause is under investigation.

    Rosales says the show's producers will present the new safety protocols today.

    If the measures are inadequate, he says, the state will not let the show perform the complicated aerial maneuvers.

    The musical could be put in jeopardy if certain aerial actions aren't allowed; it would lose some of its razzle-dazzle.