Broadway Stagehand Dies After Fall at Winter Garden Theatre

by Madison Miller

A tragic accident happened at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre.

A stagehand fell from a ladder while performing routine maintenance and could not be saved at the hospital.

Tragic Broadway Incident

According to Hollywood Reporter, the 911 call was placed at around 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. Upon arrival, there was a 54-year-old man who had been lying on the floor after he had fallen from a very high height.

Despite COVID-19 making Broadway currently out of business, the new “The Music Man” with Hugh Jackman was set to start beginning performances soon.

The New York Post first reported on the incident and said that the man was taken directly to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center but could not be saved.

A theater porter was nearby when he heard what sounded like a “bomb” when the man fell from the scaffolding.

“I said, ‘Oh my God!’ My heart started pounding. (The man) was on his back. He had one shoe on. He wasn’t wearing a helmet. I don’t know if it came off when he fell. Stagehands always wear helmets … The back of his head was cracked open. There was a lot of blood on the stage,” according to the witness via The New York Post.

Is Theater Back?

After COVID-19 paused most live performances last March, Broadway is beginning to start resuming production.

Is it too soon?

Despite beginning to set up for “The Music Man,” many producers and creators have said the timeline looks like production shouldn’t start back up until 2021.

According to NBC New York, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, a British theatrical producer responsible for “Cats,” “Les Miserables” and the “Phantom of the Opera,” said until social distancing isn’t a necessity reopening is a far-off concept.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said back in May that reopening entertainment like Broadway would happen in stage four. The colder weather, however, has caused COVID-19 numbers to spike across the country once again.

“The Music Man” will begin performances on December 20, 2021 and open in February, according to Broadway.