The technician, Christopher Bowman, 36, fell 42 feet while testing special effects for the musical, which opened Jan. 17 at the Hyperion Theater inside Disney's California Adventure Park in Anaheim. The fall occurred at 6 AM Tuesday, April 22, while the worker was in a safety harness. Performances were canceled, although the show resumed its schedule April 23.
Bowman was checked into the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center. He died on May 18, AP reported.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has begun an investigation. Cynthia Harriss, president of The Disneyland Resort, told AP, "Disneyland Resort is mourning the loss of a member of our cast member family. Our hearts go out to his family and friends."
Based on the popular animated film, Disney's Aladdin is approximately 40 minutes in length and is performed several times a day at the Hyperion. Two casts and crews are used for the production, which features songs — composed by Alan Menken, Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman — from the film; Chad Beguelin has written the book. Menken, whose Little Shop of Horrors will find its way to Broadway this summer, has written one new song for the stage Aladdin, entitled "To Be Free." Directed by Francesco Zambullo, the musical features choreography by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, set design by Peter J. Davison, costume design by Anita Yavich and lighting design Mark McCullough. Timothy Mark has created the musical arrangements.