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Spidey may be on hold amid safety probe

The show may not go on Wednesday night. Although the producers of "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark" insisted Tuesday that the catastrophe-plagued mega-musical will perform Wednesday night, the New York Department of Labor says not so fast.

"We are still conducting our investigation," said Leo Rosales, the agency's director of communications. "We're going to have a meeting with the production people tomorrow at the theater. I can't necessarily say we're signing off on anything."

The show canceled today's matinee but has a scheduled evening performance, despite the fact that Christopher Tierney, an aerialist who doubles for the actor playing Spider-Man, fell off a 30-foot platform in the final moments of Monday's preview. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he's in serious but stable condition with broken ribs and bleeding.

Rosales also declined to confirm a statement from Actors' Equity saying that the Department of Labor and OSHA had determined Monday's accident was caused by human error. Rick Miramontez, spokesman for the $65-million musical, said that all involved had agreed that "additional safety protocols" were to be enacted immediately, though no one would be specific about exactly what that entailed.

Director Julie Taymor, who visited Tierney at the hospital Tuesday, said in a statement, "an accident like this is obviously heartbreaking for our entire team and, of course, to me personally. I am so thankful that Chris is going to be alright and is in great spirits. Nothing is more important than the safety of our 'Spider-Man' family and we'll continue to do everything in our power to protect the cast and crew."

Miramontez insists that the show will be safe enough to continue Wednesday night. "The production knows exactly what happened at Monday's performance," he said. "And it is being dealt with."

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