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Theatregoers see Spider-Man return

Spider-Man the musical has returned to the stage, a day after two performances were cancelled due to a scary fall that left a stuntman seriously injured.

New safety precautions didn't seem to prevent the cast of Broadway's costliest show from hitting the heights in nearly 40 aerial manoeuvers.

Before the show could resume, producers had to give final confirmation to the state Department of Labour that they had enacted certain safety measures aimed at avoiding any further mishaps. Among them: a requirement that a second person ensure the harnesses used by performers during the show's high-flying stunts have been put on properly at the Foxwoods Theatre at Manhattan's Times Square.

Producer Michael Cohl went on stage at the opening and said he was glad the show was back. He said the hospitalised stuntman, who had been facing back surgery, "came through with flying colors".

Then he thanked the theatregoers and promised they'd see all the aerial stunts, eliciting applause.

In the show, which appeared to go off without a hitch, the packed house cheered when Peter Parker was transformed into Spider-Man, the Marvel Comics superhero created by writer Stan Lee.

People clapped enthusiastically at the scenes in which Spidey flew out over the audience and fought his nemesis the Green Goblin in the skies above Manhattan.

The much-anticipated production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, teams Lion King creator Julie Taymor with U2 songwriters Bono and The Edge.

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