Hoofers can’t catch a break

Thesps Harrington, Campanella injure legs onstage

The standard showbiz opening-night wish, “Break a leg,” acquired new meaning when a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Song & Dance” had its premiere at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on May 9.

During the second act, soloist Rex Harrington snapped his Achilles tendon onstage and limped to the wings, unable to finish the show.

He was replaced the next night by another former National Ballet dancer, Roberto Campanella. He lasted two nights, until he sprained his ankle during a leap.

Understudy Eric Robertson jumped in (literally) and played the role until a third soloist, Piotr Stanczyk, also from the National Ballet, joined the cast May 17.

All of the incidents plagued the second or “Dance” half of the show.So far, no accidents have befallen Louise Pitre, who stars in the “Song” part of the evening.

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