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Broadway stuntman returns to the stage after breaking back

Broadway Stuntman Returns to the Stage After Breaking Back
Broadway stuntman Orion Griffiths is heading back to the stage prodution of 'Pippin: The Musical' months after breaking his back during a rehearsal last summer. 'CBS This Morning' has a look at one of his most dangerous stunts.



'It's a stunt called roll-a-bowl-a. A board stacked on cylinders and wobbling wildly. He's one of the very few people in the world able to do the trick on five cylinders.'

The Boston Globe reports Griffiths grew up in a traveling circus with his British family and spent much of his youth living in places such as Holland, England and Spain.

Griffiths' sister Victoria was also a circus performer. At just 9 years old, she was electrocuted while the family was in Austria for a performance. She recovered but ultimately lost her arm.

Orion Griffiths is no stranger to the perils of showbiz, either. Back in July, BroadwayWorld.com reported Griffiths would be out of 'Pippin' for more than a month because of his injury.

His recovery ended up taking longer than expected. It wasn't until December that Griffiths posted on Facebook, saying:

'So so happy to be back on the stage after a long four month recovery. I'm back on pippin with all my favorite performers.'

Griffiths told 'CBS This Morning' his wife, sister and fellow cast members were supportive of him during his recovery. 'Pippin' is expected to tour beginning later this year, and its first shows will take place in San Francisco and Los Angeles. According to its website, more cities and dates will to be announced soon.

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muffin March 10 2014 at 6:13 PM

Sorry for his injury, but he is a stuntman who knows everyday that his actions can be dangerous..

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chasrhudson March 10 2014 at 7:17 PM

He loves his work and we will pay to see it. You go figure.

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chuck March 10 2014 at 3:32 PM

stupid is what stupid does

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corwinabell March 10 2014 at 3:07 PM

Electrocution is death caused by electric shock, either accidental or deliberate. The word is derived from "electro" and "execution", but it is also used for accidental death. Griffith's sister could not have been electrocuted if she recovered. Obviously, she suffered a severe shock and burn from electricity, but she was not electrocuted.

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Sunny corwinabell March 10 2014 at 9:59 PM

Many people survive electrocution. It depends on the voltage, length of exposure, if water is involved. So many factors. Now, if you mean do people die of electrocution in the electric chair of course they die because they are given high voltages to insure their death.

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kubla990 Sunny March 10 2014 at 10:19 PM

The word electrocute means to die from electric shock. You can survive an electric shock but not eletrocution because it means to die. Do a little research before you post.

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gskever March 10 2014 at 1:52 PM

Who in the world is writing or proof reading these AOL stories. This is the second story in the last month, (that I have seen) where they describe people being "electrocuted," only to follow up with the victim surviving. Please look the definition of the word in a dictionary. "Electrocute, -cuted, -cuting, -cutes, electrocution -- 1)To KILL with electricity. 2) To EXECUTE by means of electricity."

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Steve-a-rino March 10 2014 at 11:54 AM

Why even do this stuff? Broken back, electrocuted, lost arm - all this just to entertain people for two seconds? Do these people really need that much attention? If they die doing their stupid stunts the crowd will just turn around and watch some other guy try to kill himself. Makes sense to me!

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Mary Ann Steve-a-rino March 10 2014 at 4:22 PM

I agree whole-heartedly Steve-a-rino

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tsr5112 Steve-a-rino March 10 2014 at 7:33 PM

Just before he dies he will shout out"TA-DA!".

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Don March 10 2014 at 8:46 PM

I thought they were gong to show him doing the trick?

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sopranosly March 10 2014 at 9:43 PM

wheres the video ? the story is ok but I wanted to see the fall.

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RNancy March 10 2014 at 11:05 AM

I have a lot of respect for stuntmen in movies and such. I am not a daring individual so that is why I admire their expertise.

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realtyexebaja March 10 2014 at 8:51 AM

Rolla crap ola

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