‘Billy Elliot’ Musical Sued For $4 Million

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It seems as if the Spider-Man musical isn’t the only Broadway show that’s running into some problems.

Two theatergoers from Kansas City, Mo. are suing “Billy Elliot: The Musical” for $2 million each claiming they were hospitalized after a being struck by a prop while sitting in the front row during a performance on Nov. 23, 2009.
The lawsuit filed in Manhattan on Monday, accuses producers of “negligence” for “hazardous and dangerous” choreography, and failing to warn patrons of the risks.
Safety on Broadway has been under the spotlight following injuries to actors in the $65 million Spider-Man musical.

The producers of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” were slapped with two new safety violations by New York State labor officials Sunday after already suffering a blow by critics earlier in the week who gave the show some lackluster reviews.

The citations from the state were issued for a trio of accidents, one of them caught on tape. Dancer Christopher Tierney plunged more than 20 feet off a platform at a show in December because his safety tether was not properly anchored.

No fines were levied in connection with the citations, but state labor officials will come to the show unannounced for inspections.

  • M

    The biggest part of the problem is that lawyers get a 50% cut of whatever they can get for plaintiffs — therefore, a simple prop hitting you results in a demand for 2 million dollars. I don’t think it’s so much the people as the lawyers. If the laws were changed so that 95% went to the client and lawyers could only get a flat fee of $2,000 or so, ALL these lawsuits would disappear.

  • Debbie

    oh come on, it was an accident and it was probably the part right before the angry dance when Billy takes off his shoes and thows them. you guys are too judge mental.
    i still like Billy Elliot even though i didnt see it yet.

  • Turk

    After i get what i can from the goverment im going to sue everyone else…welcome to America 2011

  • Basil Poulopoulos

    why is it so easy to sue people

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  • The Producer

    Why not combine both shows: “Spider Elliot” – and supply the audience with helmets. It’ll be a win-win must-see Broadway-Smash!

    • Kenneth

      These losers from a loser state need to get a life. This is why you can’t have nice things because eventually people ruin them by suing, complaining etc. We truly live in a different self entitled generation.

  • Ray

    16 months after the fact? Sounds a bit fishy to me. In America everyone’s got a lawyer (or needs one) and a law suit. It’s just nonsense. I’m not dismissing the claim, not exactly, it just sounds fraudulant. Extortion might be a better way to describe it.

  • Vince

    What some people won’t do for a few bucks

    • Alissa Usagi


  • W

    So, 2 of the 7 paragraphs are about the title of the piece…
    The rest are about the Spiderman Musical…

    The 2 theatergoers @ Billy Elliot: What prop? How were they injured? What were their injuries?

    • m

      Agreed x10

    • Unreligious

      While I agree with you, it’s being generous to call them paragraphs. Just because they broke the sentences up that way does not make them paragraphs. Where are the editors? Talk about sloppy journalism a sixth grader could have written a better article.

  • TheProducer

    What negligence? It was audience participation.

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