Back in May 2008, Adrian Bailey, a performer in Disney’s The Little Mermaid musical in New York City, was badly injured when he fell through the trap door on the deck of the sailing ship set and landed on the stage forty feet below.
Last Thursday, Bailey filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Manhattan against both Disney and production companies that built the technical apparatuses for the show. He is seeking compensation for injuries that “were caused by the carelessness, negligence and recklessness of the defendants.”
Personal injuries like this may become a more common occurrence. A local New York actor, Dennis Baker, noted “in the age where Broadway shows seem to try and match the technical scale of movies the dangers for actors have increased. Unlike the movies, on stage there is no landing pad just off camera or safety net to catch an actor when something goes wrong.” Baker’s opinion echoes the growing concern for stage actors’ safety.
Representative for Disney have at this time declined comment on the case.