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It’s Official: This Show Is Not Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

Christopher Tierney, the stage double and aerialist who fell nearly 30 feet after his safety harness failed in a planned stunt during a preview performance of Broadway's 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' on December 20th, walked again for the first time on Friday (with the help of a walker and brace) after undergoing back surgery last week. 
 It’s Official: This Show Is Not Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man
 
 
Christopher Tierney, the stage double and aerialist who fell nearly 30 feet after his safety harness failed in a planned stunt during a preview performance of Broadway's 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' on December 20th, walked again for the first time on Friday (with the help of a walker and brace) after undergoing back surgery last week. 

Tierney's father, Timothy, told the New York Times that his son's injuries included a hairline fracture in his skull, a broken scapula, a broken bone close to his elbow, four broken ribs, a bruised lung and three fractured vertebrae.

"My understanding is that Chris is fortunate to be alive," the actor's father said, adding that his son's fall might have been worse, but for the fact that Tierney somehow managed to land on his right side in the basement below the Foxwoods Theater stage. Although he plunged headfirst, it seems that Chris had instinctively tucked his body and rolled sideways while falling, according to his doctors at Bellevue Medical Center. 

Timothy Tierney said he believes his son will regain close-to-full mobility, and that the pins and rods that have been placed in his lower back will come out after he is completely healed.

At last report, Christopher Tierney was set to remain in the intensive care unit until at least Monday of this week, and will be remaining in New York City for his rehabilitation. 

As might be expected, given the course of human nature, the series of incidents suffered by the controversial show have actually helped ticket sales. 

Last week, officials demanded new safety precautions, which have since been put in place, but some longtime actors are wondering if the cast is being pushed too high and too hard in pursuit of a profit.

The production resumed preview performances as of last Thursday, December 23rd, resumed only after producers confirmed to the State Department of Labor that specific safety measures had been enacted, reports Reuters. So, the show goes on, but not without some hesitation from the high-flyers.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Timothy Tierney said his son, who spent Christmas in the hospital with his family, is anxious to return to his Spider-Man role. He added that the show's director, Julie Taymor, paid the performer a visit in the hospital on Christmas Eve.

"They're eagerly awaiting his return," the actor's father. "He just felt so blessed to be part of this whole creative process, and he just cannot wait to get back and perform in the show."

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