Christopher Tierney plans to return to the Broadway show, but injured actress Natalie Mendoza is done for good

By Tim Nudd
January 03, 2011 09:10 AM
Courtesy of Hubbard Street Sance

A stuntman who was severely injured while performing in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is back on his feet and hopes to return to the Broadway show.

Christopher Tierney, 32, fell 30 feet into the orchestra pit on Dec. 20 when his harness failed. In a new interview with WCBS-TV, he recalls the frightening fall and says he was lucky to avoid even more serious injury.

“I was falling, and then I saw, once I hit the darkness of the stage, I had to just turn it real quick so I wasn’t going to fall on my head, and I crashed on my back,” Tierney says in the interview, airing Monday night, reports the New York Post.

“The last thing I remember was like, uh, just going, ‘Oh, God,’ ” adds Tierney, who suffered four broken ribs, a hairline skull fracture, a broken scapula, a bruised lung, three cracked vertebrae and broken bones below his elbow.

Tierney is set to be released from a rehabilitation center on Wednesday and hopes to return to the production at some point soon.

Meanwhile, Natalie Mendoza, 30, a lead actress in the show who was injured during a preview performance when a weighted rope hit her in the head, is leaving the show for good.

“It has been a difficult decision to make, but I regret that I am unable to continue on Spider-Man as I recover from my injury,” she said in a statement. “I wish Julie [Taymor, the director] and the cast and crew every success with this production.”

Mendoza had returned to the stage briefly, but withdrew with lingering concussion symptoms, including nausea and headaches.