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Spider-Man Show to Reopen Despite Seriously Injured Actor

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The lights are back on for "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."

The troubled Broadway show will resume performances Wednesday in spite of a crucial actor remaining hospitalized after taking a dangerous plunge in the middle of a preview performance Monday.

“[Federal investigators], Actors Equity and the New York State Department of Labor have met with the 'Spider-Man' company today to discuss additional safety protocols,” the show's producers said in a statement. “It was agreed that these measures would be enacted immediately.”

Aerialist actor Chris Tierney, 31, was rushed to New York's Bellevue Hospital in serious condition as a result of the Monday evening fall, a hospital spokesman said.

Tierney suffered multiple broken ribs and substantial bleeding, but luckily avoided any catastrophic neck or spine injuries, BroadwayWorld.com said, citing multiple sources. The hospital spokesman declined to confirm or deny any specific injuries.

Tierney plunged 30 feet into the bowels of the stage after a cable snapped, the fourth such injury in a month. Authorities swiftly moved to temporarily shut down performances of the $65 million musical, by far the most expensive in Broadway history.

The long-delayed show had already seen its opening date pushed back from late fall to Feb. 2011.

Tierney is the production's main stunt aerialist and performs stunts for the roles of Spider-Man, along with villains Meeks and Kraven.

He fell during a scene in which Spider-Man jumps off a platform in an effort to rescue his girlfriend Mary Jane Watson, The New York Post reported. The stuntman fell into an orchestra pit as the shocked crowd looked on.

"Chris Tierney, you are my hero," star Reeve Carney, who plays the titular superhero, wrote in a Twitter message Tuesday afternoon. "Your fearlessness, inspiring talent, and shining spirit are lights to us all. We love you so much man."

Firefighters returned Tuesday morning to inspect the rigging. It remained unclear whether Tierney was harnessed properly at the moment the cable snapped.

Charlie Bernard, who was in the audience, told local television station NY1 that the cable that was supposed to be attached to the actor looked like it was either not attached properly or was broken.

“You just hear a bang and then you hear the actress who plays Mary Jane, she was screaming and crying. The audience was a little disturbed and then everybody was quiet,” he said.

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