Broadway Features and Reviews
Little Mermaid Actor Suffers 20 Foot Fall
By Broadway Magazine Staff
Broadway veteran Adrian Bailey remains in the hospital after suffering multiple injuries before the Saturday matinee of Disney's The Little Mermaid when he fell to the stage. A spokesperson for the show said that the fall was approximately 20 feet. The exact circumstances of the accident are under investigation. One employee of the Lunt Fontanne Theatre told the New York Daily News that the actor was lucky to have survived the fall.
Presently, Bailey is recovering in Bellevue hospital where he has suffered from both broken wrists and back injuries as well. He underwent surgery on Sunday. With Broadway credits in shows like Smokey Joe's Cafe, Dreamgirls, Jelly's Last Jam and The Who's Tommy, Bailey is an experienced Broadway performer. In The Little Mermaid, he was playing multiple roles as part of the elaborate ensemble. He was also the understudy for King Triton.
The accident took place approximately 20 minutes before the curtain was raised, and so the audience did not see the fall. Apparently, Bailey fell from a boat which was suspended above the stage before the opening curtain. One report states that he fell through a trap door in the boat that should not have been opened. The accident did not prevent the performance from going forward, though the curtain was delayed one hour. Cast members from the show remain concerned for Bailey, and those who have visited the actor indicated that he was sedated though "doing ok", according to a report from UPI.
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