Step Aside Spidey: Injured Audience Members Suing Broadway’s Billy Elliot

02/16/2011 2:39 PM |

Future audiences of Billy Elliot will have to wear full rio gear to protect themselves from airborne props.
  • Future audiences of Billy Elliot will have to wear full rio gear to protect themselves from airborne props.

Few Broadway musicals can contend with the still-not-officially-open Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark in terms of production costs or the number of injuries caused, but if two spectators who claim they were injured during a November 2009 performance of Billy Elliot on Broadway win their lawsuits that show will lose about a month of box office repaying the damages.

The AP reports (via ABC News) that on Monday two women from Kansas City, Missouri, filed lawsuits in a federal court in Manhattan alleging that they were struck by a rogue prop while watching a November 23, 2009 performance of the long-running, Tony-winning show from the front row of the Imperial Theatre. Both were hospitalized as a result of the prop mishap, and each is suing the musical’s producers for $2 million (roughly the price of a front-row seat at a Friday evening performance of Billy Elliot on Broadway). AP notes:

The lawsuit filed Monday accuses producers of “negligence and carelessness” for “hazardous and dangerous” props and choreography, failing to train employees of the show and for not warning patrons of the risks.

Nowhere, it seems, is the offending prop identified, but odds are it was either a loose ballet flat or a Tony—and those things are huge. (CultureMonster)