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Spider-Man stuntman readying (another) 'Turn Off the Dark' lawsuit

A stuntman who claims he suffered a concussion, whiplash and two holes in his knees while performing as the comic book hero in Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has asked producers to turn over any relevant information as he weighs pursuing a negligence lawsuit.

The stuntman, Richard Kobak, claims in a series of papers filed earlier this year in state Supreme Court that he suffered the leg injuries in 2010 while filling in for another injured stuntman at the most expensive show in Broadway history. He alleges that the rigging he used for the show’s aerial acrobatics wasn’t recalibrated for him and, as a result, he made 70 hard landings on stage during performances and rehearsals. He says the hard landings created a 1.4-millimeter hole in his right knee and a 9-millimeter hole in his left knee. He also alleges that a computer program controlling one of his jumps from a balcony sent him flying into a wall on April 5, 2011. He says he suffered two herniated discs, whiplash and a concussion. READ FULL STORY

Playwright John Patrick Shanley faces $5 million sex lawsuit

EW has confirmed that actress Amanda Jencsik, a former lover of John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Doubt) has filed a lawsuit against the Oscar- and Pulitzer-winning writer. Per the New York Post, the $5 million suit alleges Shanley forced her to participate in violent sex, including choking and wrapping a belt around her neck during her intercourse. Jencsik also alleges Shanley sodomized her on multiple occasions and would ask her during intercourse, “Do you feel like I’m raping you?”

Jencsik claims she suffered severe psychological distress and physical injuries (including a bowel obstruction) as a result of the four-month relationship, which began via Facebook in October 2009. She says she never alerted the police about Shanley “due to her mental state” and Shanley’s “Svengali-like effect on her.”

Through his attorney Peter Parcher, Shanley told EW, “I dated Amanda Jencsik several times. Our relationship was totally consensual. It ended some time ago. We never exchanged a harsh word. I am distressed and surprised to see her being exploited this way. I wish her well.”

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GLAAD Media Awards honor Lady Gaga, 'DWTS,' 'Oprah Winfrey Show': Full winners list

The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, hosted by Glee‘s Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera, were held Saturday night in New York City. The winners:

• Vito Russo Award: Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, executive producers of Smash
• Special Recognition Award: Katy Butler, openly gay 17-year-old anti-bullying advocate
• Outstanding Film – Limited Release: Pariah
• Outstanding TV Movie Or Mini Series: Cinema Verite
• Outstanding Talk Show Episode: “Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests,” The Oprah Winfrey Show
• Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “The ‘Sissy Boy’ Experiments,” Anderson Cooper 360
• Outstanding Reality Program: Dancing With the Stars
• Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Battle Against Bullying,” ABC World News with Diane Sawyer
• Outstanding Music Artist: Lady Gaga, Born This Way
• Outstanding Comic Book: Batwoman by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
• Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre: No Word in Guyanese for Me by Wendy Graf
• Outstanding New York Theatre: Broadway & Off Broadway: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner READ FULL STORY

Washington theater stands by Mike Daisey's show

A Washington theater is apologizing for calling a one-man show that purported to show horrific working conditions at Chinese factories that made Apple products a work of nonfiction. Performer Mike Daisey was recently forced to admit he made up parts of the show called The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.

Still, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company said Wednesday that it plans to bring the play back to Washington this summer. It was first performed at the Washington theater in 2010 before moving onto other cities including New York. The theater’s artistic and managing directors say they stand by the show as a piece of theater. They say art is different from journalism.

Revelations that some claims in the show weren’t true led to retractions by public radio’s This American Life and corrections by other news organizations including The Associated Press.

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Christina Ricci to star in off-Broadway Shakespeare

Christina Ricci’s stage debut last year apparently didn’t scare her off — she’s going back. Producers said Tuesday the Pan Am star will join two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth in a Classic Stage Company production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The off-Broadway show will begin performances March 28 and play through May 6. Neuwirth will play the role of Titania. Ricci will have the role of Hermia.

Ricci made her Broadway debut last season in Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still, replacing Alicia Silverstone and starring opposite Laura Linney, Brian d’Arcy James and Eric Bogosian. Ricci burst onto the scene in 1990 as Cher’s daughter in Mermaids and has built a long list of film credits, including The Addams Family, The Ice Storm, Speed Racer and Penelope.

Vaclav Havel, playwright and anti-communist revolutionary, has died at 75

Vaclav Havel wove theater into revolution, leading the charge to peacefully bring down communism in a regime he ridiculed as “Absurdistan” and proving the power of the people to overcome totalitarian rule. Shy and bookish, with a wispy mustache and unkempt hair, the dissident playwright was an unlikely hero of Czechoslovakia’s 1989 “Velvet Revolution” after four decades of suffocating repression — and of the epic struggle that ended the wider Cold War. He was his country’s first democratically elected president, leading it through the early challenges of democracy and its peaceful 1993 breakup into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, though his image suffered as his people discovered the difficulties of transforming their society.

A former chain-smoker who had a history of chronic respiratory problems dating back to his years in communist jails, Havel died Sunday morning at his weekend home in the northern Czech Republic, his assistant Sabina Tancevova said. His wife Dagmar and a nun who had been caring for him the last few months of his life were by his side, she said. He was 75.  READ FULL STORY

'Spider-Man' actor hurt during Peter Parker debut

An actor making his Broadway debut as Peter Parker during matinees of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been injured during a performance but is expected to return to fly again.

Matthew James Thomas was rushed to a hospital after being hurt offstage during Act 2 on Wednesday afternoon. Show spokesman Rick Miramontez said Thursday he’ll be back for his next scheduled performance Saturday.

Reeve Carney plays Peter Parker during the week’s other six shows. He was at the theater and finished the performance. Details about Thomas’ injury weren’t immediately released.

Thomas’ injury was first reported by the New York Post.

It was just the latest in a series of accidents that have left several actors in the stunt-heavy $75 million show hurt or hospitalized.

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‘Spider-Man’ musical producers respond to Julie Taymor lawsuit
Julie Taymor sues over ‘Spider-Man’ musical

'Spider-Man' musical producers respond to Julie Taymor lawsuit

In the wake of Julie Taymor’s lawsuit against the producers of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark — alleging her creative rights were violated when she was outsted from the show, and that she has not been compensated for her work — lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris have released the following statement:

Since Ms. Taymor’s departure in March, we have repeatedly tried to resolve these issues. The production has indeed compensated Ms. Taymor for her contribution as a co-book writer. Fortunately the court system will provide, once and for all, an opportunity to resolve this dispute. We look forward to a resolution in which everyone is properly compensated for their contribution to Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.

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Julie Taymor sues over 'Spider-Man' musical

Director Julie Taymor filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the producers of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, alleging they violated her creative rights and haven’t compensated her for the work she put into Broadway’s most expensive musical. Charles Spada, an attorney who filed the suit on behalf of the Tony Award-winning director, said Tuesday in a statement that “the producers’ actions have left her no choice but to resort to legal recourse to protect her rights.”

Rick Miramontez, the show’s spokesman, was not immediately aware of the lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York. Taymor was not available to comment. READ FULL STORY

'How to Succeed' canceled after backstage overdose

Last night’s Broadway performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was canceled after a stagehand overdosed backstage and died, according to the New York Times. Police told the paper that the 29-year-old man — whose name is being withheld until his family can be notified — was found unconscious backstage just before the 8 p.m. show and pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. The cast and crew ultimately decided they couldn’t perform, and stars Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette apologized to the audience from the stage.

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