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Injured Spider-Man actor to return to show

A stuntman who was badly injured in a fall during a performance of Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is to return to the show next week.
Several stuntmen don the Spider-Man suit to swing through the air in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. (Jacob Cohl/The O and M Co./Associated Press)

A stuntman who was badly injured in a fall during a performance of Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is to return to the show next week.

Christopher Tierney suffered a fractured skull and shoulder blade, four broken ribs and three broken vertebrae when he fell nine metres into the orchestra pit on Dec. 20.

The actor had stated his intention to return to the show from the day after his fall. His father said from his New Hampshire home that Tierney cannot wait to begin rehearsals again.

On Wednesday, Canadian producer Michael Cohl confirmed that Tierney has been cleared by doctors to rejoin the show.

"His back's fine. They've taken the bolts and the nuts and everything out," Cohl said.

Christopher Tierney attends a performance of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark in New York in January. He'll be back in rehearsals for the show next week. (Charles Sykes/Associated Press)
Tierney is one of several stuntmen who don the Spider-Man outfit to perform stunts, including zipping from the top of the theatre to the stage and swinging over the audience to the level of the first and second balcony,

The ambitious show has had numerous technical mishaps and accidents, and repeatedly postponed its official opening in the hope of getting a smooth production.

Directed by Julie Taymor and with music by Bono and the Edge, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is currently closed for a revamp that may include rewriting the final scenes.

Tierney hopes to be swinging over the audience again on opening night June 14.

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