'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark': U2's Bono Says He Agreed With Bad Reviews, But the Troubled Musical Has Revived


Injured Stuntman Chris Tierney Returns to 'Spider-Man'

After four months of intense rehabilitation and rest -- months ahead of schedule -- Tierney is back with the show and fearlessly going airborne once more.

"I can go 40 miles per hour, 45 miles per hour," he said. "I can also change the speed of how I fly and the impetus and how I go."

U2's Bono playing backstage at "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." Photo credit: Donna Svennevik/ABC News

While the show's storyline has been revamped, Phil McKinley made it clear this was still "Julie's show." He also said the flying apparatuses the actors use to lunge through the air continues to astound audiences, and watching a live performance of "Spider-Man" is the closest to what you would see on a film set.

"It's amazing that they can do this kind of technology, you know, here in the theater," McKinley said. "What I think is unusual about all of the flying is that it is not theatrical flying. It is really film flying."

McKinley not only directed the award-winning musical, "Ben-Hur," in London, but also directed hundreds of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performances. He said his experience helped him understand the technical aspects of the "Spider-Man" production.

"Directing the circus told me about how to, you know, work with and collaborate with large numbers of people," he said. "Circus performers always inspire me."

McKinley said the crew tests "every inch of line" every day and they are taking numerous precautions to keep their actors safe. While there have been no injuries since he started working on the show, he said the danger is still there.

"There is always a risk because you still are doing thrills," he said. "You still are doing very, very high-skilled, thrilled, flying, and so, of course, there is always going to be that risk factor."

"Spider-Man" debuted in its latest version last month and the cast and crew received a standing ovation from the preview audience. Opening night is currently scheduled for June 14.

"I love watching the audience when Spider-Man drops into the audience, the expressions on the faces," McKinley said. "I think that is what is fantastic about the show."

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