An actor in "The Little Mermaid" broke his wrists after falling at least 20 feet through a trap door to the stage minutes before a performance of the popular Broadway production, authorities said.

Adrian Bailey, 51, was taken from the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday, the Fire Department said. The Broadway veteran was being treated at Bellevue Hospital Center.

Bailey is an ensemble member who plays various roles throughout the musical, show spokesman Chris Boneau said. The actor fell while preparing for the show's first scene, in which a boat is lowered to the stage, he said.