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Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is full of drama on stage and off.
Stuntman Richard Kobak is claiming that he acquired serious injuries while performing in the $75 million dollar show. He lists a concussion, whiplash and two holes in his knees among the injuries that he suffered during the course of his time performing as the comic book hero, according to the Associated Press.
Judge Ellen M. Coin of State Supreme Court in Manhattan granted Kobak’s request that 8 Legged Productions, the producers of the show, hand over any relevant information such as memos, emails or any other evidence as Kobak decides whether or not to pursue a negligence lawsuit against them.
The AP reports that Kobak alleges that due to the 70 landings on stage that he made during performances and rehearsals, he now has holes in both of his knees. He also claims that he suffered two herniated discs, whiplash and a concussion when a computer program that controlled one of his jumps sent him flying into a wall.
This isn’t the first instance of injury involving one of the show’s stuntmen. In fact it seems to be an issue that has plagued the musical from its beginning. The Huffington Post reports that in December of 2010, Christopher Tierney, a Spider-Man double, fell 30 feet when his rope snapped. It was reported that he suffered broken ribs and internal bleeding as a result of the fall. The incident was widely publicized and received a large response from fans as well as the Broadway community.