Broadway stuntman returns to the stage after breaking back

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, 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.