'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' exclusive: Producer says injured actor can rejoin the show 'anytime he wants'

Spider-man-Broadway-TierneyImage Credit: Jacob CohlNow that dancer-stuntman Christopher Tierney is on the mend after suffering fractures of his skull, ribs, and vertebrae in an accident at a Dec. 20 performance of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, producer Michael Cohl tells EW exclusively that Tierney is welcome back on the show whenever he’s ready. “Absolutely, there’s always a spot for him any time he wants,” says Cohl, who remains hopeful that the show will be accident free by its Feb. 7 official debut.

Cohl also admits that Tierney’s injury and departure made an impact on the entire cast and crew. “It definitely had an effect on all of us. You always feel for anyone who’s injured, especially Chris, who’s such a great guy,” he says. “You have to steel yourself and understand what we’re doing and move forward.”

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  • seddie forever!!!!!!!!!

    enough about this play, what about some love for shows like Big Time Rush and iCarly?

  • luke

    I literally laughed out loud when I read this headline. He’s welcome to come back anytime? Well that’s sweet. Now all he has to do is spend months recovering from life threatening injuries only to go back to a job where there’s a high risk of life threatening injuries.

    • Lucte

      but why does sam continue to ignore her true feelings for freddie?

  • Joe

    Of course he’s welcome back. There aren’t any respectable actors left in town that want to be a part of this train wreck.

    • John

      It may be a train wreck, but it is a nearly $2 million grossing a week train wreck… in previews no less. Only Wicked and The Lion King are making more.

      • Brigid

        Probably because it’s a gigantic train wreck. Once the show “officially” opens and the reviews come in, it isn’t very likely to stay open that long. Gawker had a really good review of the show, and then one of the commenters gave an even more in depth review. The overall summary is that even outside of the injuries, it’s an absolutely terrible, lazy show, and that the book and music can’t carry it once the novelty wears off. If it’s grossing 2 million dollars a week, it will take half a year to break even!

      • Steve D

        why does the fact that it’s making money give it any credibility artistic or otherwise? the producers and directors repeatedly show blatant disregard for their actors. “He’s welcome back anytime” was I hope intended with irony. They should be paying him a lifetime of workmen’s comp but of course the poor fool probably signed a release exonerating Disney of any liability. Sad.

  • steveg

    trying to avoid a lawsuit anyone?

  • Larry David

    “Wow Michael…your safety team screwed up and now I have fractured skull, ribs and vertebrae. And you want me to come back to all that? WHERE DO I RE-SIGN???”

  • Hena

    He’s stated publicly in interviews that he wants to rejoin the cast, so this is just a nice gesture? The show is going to tank.

  • Mikka

    I think Sam ignores her true feelings for Freddie because she’s not ready for them. What I’d like to know is how old is Spencer?

  • Thom

    Of course they are going let him come back whenever he wants! What are they supposed to say, “sorry bub, our neglegence damn near killed ya! Now, there’s the door”?

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