NEW YORK – The Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” was performed as scheduled Friday night, a day after an actor playing the comic book hero was badly injured during the special effects-laden show. Producers blamed human error and the union representing actors vowed to investigate.

“Tonight’s performance will go on as scheduled. The technical elements of the show are all in good working order, and we can confirm that equipment malfunction was not a factor in the incident,” said Rick Miramontez, a show spokesman, on Friday.

Actor Daniel Curry was hurt during the Thursday night performance, which was immediately halted. The actor was at Bellevue Hospital on Friday in stable condition with a serious leg injury.

Curry is a graduate of the LaGuardia School of Performing Arts — the so-called “Fame” school — and appeared in an episode of “Smash” and toured with the “Man in the Mirror” Michael Jackson Tribute tour.

He is making his Broadway debut as one of nine actors who play the costumed Spider-Man during each performance, leaping into the audience and swinging over the orchestra. He also understudied other roles.

“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” is Broadway’s most expensive show at $75 million. It has become a big hit after six delays in its opening night, injuries to actors, a shake-up that led to the firing of Julie Taymor, the show’s original director, and critical drubbing.

FBI probing ‘sextortion’ of new Miss Teen USA

TEMECULA, Calif. – The FBI is investigating allegations that the newly crowned Miss Teen USA was the victim of someone who hacked into a webcam in her Southern California bedroom several months ago in an attempt to extort nude photographs from her.

Agents believe they have identified the person behind the alleged “sextortion” scheme, Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles, said Friday. No arrest has been made.

Cassidy Wolf, 19, won the Miss Teen USA crown last Saturday.

Wolf has said she would use her fame to highlight cybercrime.

The FBI believes there are more than a dozen victims in the case.

– From news service reports

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