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State inspectors review flying safety of <i>Spider-Man</i> musical

Inspectors from the New York State Department of Labor are visiting the Foxwood Theatre in Manhattan today to examine the flying and safety devices for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

Although the inspection has been planned for months, it comes just two weeks after a performer was injured during a rehearsal of one of the show's complex aerial stunts, breaking both wrists when he was catapulted onto the lip of the stage.

Spider-Man won't be permitted to begin previews on Nov. 14 until state inspectors approve the show's special effects. Findings are usually issued a few days after the inspection. "The flying in this musical is unprecedented for Broadway," Department of Labor spokesman Leo Rosales told The New York Times, "and we’re going to urge the producers to make sure everything is as safe as possible."

Directed by Julie Taymor and featuring music by Bono and the Edge, the $60-million Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will be the most expensive, and most likely the most technically complex, show in Broadway history. It stars Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano and Patrick Page.

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