The Spider-Man Musical Sees Another Nasty Injury in the Middle of a Performance

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Looks like the ludicrously titled production Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has had another ludicrously gruesome onstage accident. NY1 reports that an actor got his leg caught in some sort of elevator contraption, crushing it, causing the audience to be evacuated and the show to be cancelled.

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The Columnist: Joseph Alsop's Fabulous Gay Life As A 'House Faggot'

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The Voice's Michael Feingold already reviewed The Columnist, in which John Lithgow brilliantly portrays columnist Joseph Alsop in David Auburn's new play on Broadway. But, we wanted to share a few thoughts about our experience watching it this weekend, in light of other things we've been writing about lately.

By chance and choice, we've been taking a bit of a wander through gay American history recently. After writing about How To Survive A Plague this week, David France's documentary about the heyday of ACT UP mostly made of home video footage, it was fascinating to watch The Columnist, a completely different, Broadway exploration of a very dissimilar kind of gay life. Both represent gay American history, though from extremely different points of view.

We also couldn't help but think of Dan Savage's recent label of the gay Republican group GOProud as a bunch of "house faggots" when we were watching The Columnist. You don't get much more closeted than Joseph Alsop, and you certainly don't get any closer to the Big House (and, in his case, the White House) than that homosexual did.

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Tim Tebow In New York: Sees Broadway Musical, Gets Carnegie Deli Sandwich Named After Him

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New York, get ready, Tebow's in town and you're going to hear about every move he makes. First up: Tebow sees a show! Though we're not sure if he needs any lessons on how to be popular, Tim Tebow went to see the Broadway musical Wicked in New York last night, according to the New York Daily News. Donna Vivino, an actress in the production, notified her public via Twitter of the new Jet's presence at the show.


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Light Snow Hits The City; 9/11 Victim Identified; Sun Employees Arrested

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It's actually winter! Kind of...The city is seeing some light snow this morning. The National Weather Service predicts accumulation of less than one inch. It's not much, but it's something in this winter that hasn't always really felt like winter. According to a NY1 report from last night, the Department of Sanitation was put under snow alert at 10 p.m. Because of the threat of powder, the MTA scrapped some weekend subway work. (Don't get your hopes up, L riders. Or for that matter, you people planning on taking on the 1, 2 or 7.) Regardless, there won't be much to do in this snow. Still, it's kind of comforting to know it's there. [NWS, NY1, CBS]

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Broadway Heir Accused of Pulling Hair

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Theater people are just like us, prone to childish foibles and the occasional bad decision. For instance, take Eric Nederlander, of those Nederlanders, you know, the Broadway ones, and former husband of Jessica Seinfeld, nee Sklar. He was arrested at the apartment of his girlfriend, Nancy Okun, who has a "limited order of protection against him" -- making one wonder why he was at her apartment, and, in fact, why she is still his girlfriend -- after he allegedly pulled her hair while she was sleeping and accused her of cheating on him after looking at her cell phone.

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New Yorkers Still Want to See Wicked

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Even after eight years, Wicked is still popular. (Sorry about that, we just had to.) HopStop calculated the top 10 Broadway shows New Yorkers have been going to see this summer, based on what theaters were most frequently inserted as HopStop destinations or starting addresses between the dates of May 23 through July 17. The long-running, Glee-covered, teenage girl-idolized Wicked came out on top.

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Same-Sex Couples Marry Onstage at Hair

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This week, theater usher Jared Pike will work at the production of Hair, which is playing on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on 44th Street. Monday night, however, he kissed his husband, John Raymond Barker, on that stage, surrounded by the show's fringe-clad tribe, as a packed house watched and applauded.

Pike and Barker were pronounced married, along with two other couples, by actor Colman Domingo in a brief ceremony in between the play's curtain call and the dance party with the audience that occurs onstage after every performance.

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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark -- 10 Tips If You Decide to Actually See the Show

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The Village Voice has had a thing or two to say (and draw) about Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. (And, Spidey's press flacks have butchered some of what the Voice has said about him.)

But we at Runnin' Scared hadn't actually seen it yet. And now that we've engaged in that rather expensive (but far more entertaining than one might imagine) experience, we offer these 10 tips if you voluntarily want to step into that sticky web.

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The 56th Annual OBIE Awards Captured On Film!

We've put together a montage from Monday night's Obie Award ceremony to share with you! It's got something for everyone: hilarious acceptance speeches, time-lapse crowd shots, hobnobbing celebrities, and everything you'd expect from our annual celebration of Off-Broadway's best performances. To see photos from the event, check out our slideshow. Video after the jump!

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Spider-Man Musical Delayed for Sixth Time

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The beleaguered "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has had its opening delayed yet again, this time to June 14. And it'll be closed between April 19 and May 12 so that the cast can become accustomed to the myriad changes being implemented, among them director Julie Taymor's departure.

If the show actually does start when it says it will, it will have had an unprecedented 180 previews (most musicals have about 30). Which have already been reviewed -- negatively -- by everyone. I get that $65 million has gone into this, but maybe it's time for the Spidey team to admit defeat?

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