Scary ride for ‘Hyde’ as skylight falls in

Theater postpones milestone perf

NEW YORK — Maybe it looked even more spectacular than the chandelier that falls eight times a week in “Phantom of the Opera” over at the Majestic Theatre.

Fortunately, few people were in the audience to see it. And better yet, no actor or crew member was injured when a skylight at the Plymouth Theater became dislodged and fell to the stage prior to Sunday’s matinee of “Jekyll & Hyde.” The skylight was not an element of the set, but rather a permanent fixture in the fly space above the stage. The Plymouth, at 236 W. 45th St., was built in 1917.

Few ticket holders had to be evacuated since the accident happened around 2:30 p.m., just as the 1,079-seat theater was opening its doors for the 3 p.m. matinee. Producers of the Wildhorn & Bricusse musical canceled the Sunday performance, which was to have been the show’s 1,000th.

A spokesman for the Shubert org, which owns the Plymouth, confirmed that crews would have the skylight repaired for tonight’s performance, at which time the company of “Jekyll & Hyde” will celebrate its belated milestone.