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It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman
It's A Bird.jpg
Original Broadway Cast Recording
Music Charles Strouse
Lyrics Lee Adams
Book David Newman
Robert Benton
Basis Superman
by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Productions 1966 Broadway
1975 ABC TV special
2007 Los Angeles Concert
2010 Dallas
2013 New York City Encores!
2014 London
2015 West End
2016 Germany

It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman is a musical composed by Charles Strouse, with lyrics by Lee Adams and book by David Newman and Robert Benton. It is based on the comic book character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics.

Synopsis[edit]

The plot revolves around Superman's efforts to defeat Dr. Abner Sedgwick, a ten-time Nobel Prize-losing scientist who seeks to avenge the scientific world's dismissal of his brilliance by attempting to destroy the world's symbol of good. Additionally, Superman comes into romantic conflict with Max Mencken, a columnist for the Daily Planet newspaper, who resents Lois Lane's attraction to Superman, and later teams up with Sedgwick to destroy Superman.

Production history[edit]

The musical opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on March 29, 1966.[1] Directed by Harold Prince with choreography by Ernest Flatt, it starred Bob Holiday as Clark Kent and Superman, Patricia Marand as Lois Lane, Jack Cassidy as Max Mencken, and Linda Lavin as Sydney. The production received generally positive reviews, but it failed to catch on with the theater-going public and closed on July 17, 1966 after 129 performances. The musical received three Tony Award nominations, for Best Actor in a Musical (Cassidy), Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael O'Sullivan, playing the main villain), and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Marand). One of the songs from the score, "You've Got Possibilities" (introduced by Lavin), had some success outside the show as a nightclub and cabaret standard.

Two revivals were staged the very next year. Both the St. Louis Municipal Opera and the Kansas City Starlight Theatre re-staged the show, and Bob Holiday played Superman in both productions. Each was an open-air venue, requiring the use of a large crane to facilitate Superman's flights. Other well-known names in these two productions were Karen Morrow as Sydney and Charles Nelson Reilly as Dr. Sedgwick.[2]

The show was again produced at the Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, Connecticut, from June through July 3 of 1992, with Gary Jackson (as Superman), Jamie Ross, Veanne Cox and Gabriel Barre.[3]

On May 14, 2007, the Reprise! Marvelous Musical Mondays program in Los Angeles presented a concert version of the musical. The cast featured Cheyenne Jackson as Superman, Jean Louisa Kelly as Lois Lane, Richard Kind as Dr. Sedgwick, Patrick Cassidy in his father's old role of Max Mencken, and composer Charles Strouse in a special appearance as Perry White.[4] From June 15–17, 2007, the musical was presented in concert by the York Theatre's Musicals at MUFTI series in New York City, with Jackson, Kelly, and Strouse reprising their roles from the Los Angeles concert. Others in the cast included Lea DeLaria as Dr. Sedgwick, Shoshana Bean as Sydney, and David Rasche as Max Mencken.[5] Bob Holiday, the original Broadway Superman, attended the June 16 matinee.

From June 18 to July 25, 2010, the Dallas Theater Center presented a revised version of It's a Bird..., starring Matt Cavenaugh in the dual role of Superman/Clark Kent, Zakiya Young as Lois Lane, Patrick Cassidy as Max Mencken, and Cavenaugh's real life wife Jenny Powers as Sydney Sharp (Mr. Cassidy developed laryngitis during the run of the show, and choreographer Joel Ferrell took over the role until Mr. Cassidy recovered). The new book for the show was written by playwright and comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.[6] Kevin Moriarty, the Dallas Theater's artistic director, believed that the show's campy, pop art-inflected book had "not dated well," and approached Charles Strouse in 2008 for permission to revise the musical.[7] Strouse acquiesced, and Moriarty hired Aguirre-Sacasa, a "lifelong fan" of the musical. Aguirre-Sacasa moved the musical's setting to 1939, and made the show's primary focus the "love triangle" between Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Superman. Songs were cut, new songs commissioned, the order of songs changed,[8] In November 2009, Moriarty and Aguirre-Sacasa held a private reading of the revised book with the show's surviving creators, Strouse, Adams, and Benton.[9]

A staged production took place as part of New York City Center's Encores! series from March 20–24, 2013. Cast included Edward Watts as Superman and Will Swenson as Max Mencken, with Jenny Powers playing Lois Lane. Ms. Powers had played Sydney Sharp in the 2010 Dallas revival.[10] On March 23, Bob Holiday, who originated the role of Superman on Broadway, attended the show and met with the cast.[11]

The show's long-awaited UK Premiere was played in London in March 2014 at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre and was produced by All Star Productions. After tremendous reviews, the show transferred to the Leicester Square Theatre in the West End.

In September 2016, there was the first production in the German language in Braunschweig, Germany. The OnStage - school of musical is producing the German Premiere at the Brunsviga.

Still photos from the original Broadway production can be seen in the documentary Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman, as well as footage from the TV version.

Book authors Robert Benton and David Newman went on co-author the screenplay for the 1978 film Superman.

TV special[edit]

David Wilson and Lesley Ann Warren as Superman and Lois Lane in ABC's 1975 TV production of the musical.

It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman was made into a TV special on February 1, 1975. Filmed on video over the course of 3 days,[12] the show was significantly shortened, the script significantly changed, and the ethnicity of a troupe of evildoers was changed from Chinese acrobats to Mafia-style gangsters. The musical numbers "Doing Good", "It's Super Nice", "So Long, Big Guy" and "We Don't Matter at All" were all dropped from this production, while the sound of the remaining musical numbers was updated to a more contemporary 1970s sensibility. In addition to these, a new musical number was made for the TV special: "It's a Great Country."[12] The show was broadcast on the ABC network under its Wide World of Entertainment late-night umbrella title to poor critical reception. It starred David Wilson as Superman/Clark Kent, Lesley Ann Warren as Lois Lane, Loretta Swit as Sydney Carlton, David Wayne as Dr. Abner Sedgwick, Allen Ludden as Perry White, and Kenneth Mars as Max Mencken. Viewers of this re-make felt that the TV production lacked the energy of the original Broadway show.[13]

Original Broadway cast[edit]

Original West End cast[edit]

  • Superman/Clark Kent – Craig Berry
  • Lois Lane – Michelle LaFortune
  • Dr. Abner Sedgwick – Matthew Ibbotson
  • Max Mencken – Paul Harwood
  • Sydney Carlton – Sarah Kennedy
  • Jim Morgan – Charlie Vose
  • Father Ling – Jonathan Chan
  • Perry White – Andrew Truluck
  • Tai Ling - Christina Harris
  • Fan Po Ling - Thomas Widdop
  • Ming Foo Ling / Ling Captain - Jade Nelson
  • Ding Ling - William M. Lee
  • Ensemble / Dance Captain – Charlotte Debattista
  • Ensemble - Vicky Longley

Musical numbers[edit]

"You've Got Possibilities" is generally considered the show's most memorable tune, and is the only one to be often performed outside the show.[14][15] It was recorded in 1966 by Peggy Lee (on the album Big $pender)[16] and Matt Monro (on the album Here's to My Lady),[17] and has been performed and recorded by many other singers. It was also featured in a 2005 TV commercial for Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits.[18]

Part of the overture from the original cast album was used as the introductory music for all the newscasts on WTOP-TV/WDVM-TV (Channel 9, now WUSA-TV) in Washington, DC, from 1970 until 1982.[18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award ceremony Category Nominee Result
1966 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Jack Cassidy Nominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Michael O'Sullivan Nominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Patricia Marand Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cronin, Brian (February 15, 2010). "The Man of Steel returns to the musical stage". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ Bob Holiday and Chuck Harter, Superman on Broadway, c. 2003
  3. ^ Klein, Alvin."Attention Clark Kent: Look Out for Batman!", The New York Times, June 21, 1992.
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew."Superman! Concert — with Cassidy, Kind and Jackson — Presented May 14", playbill.com, May 14, 2007.
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew.Jackson Is Man of Steel in Mufti It's a Bird. . . It's a Plane. . . It's Superman, June 15-17", playbill.com, June 15, 2007.
  6. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (February 15, 2010). "A Musical Even the Fanboys Are Geeked Over: A Word With DTC's It's Superman Writer". Unfair Park. Dallas Observer. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (April 17, 2009). "The Singing Superman: DTC's Kevin Moriarty Talks About Tackling the Man of Steel". Dallas Observer. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  8. ^ Taitte, Lawson (2010-06-26). "Theater review: Dallas Theater Center's reshaped 'Superman' is almost super | Lawson Taitte Columns and Reviews - Entertainment News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News". Dallasnews.com. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  9. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (November 23, 2009). "Up, Up and Away: DTC's Kevin Moriarty on the Status of the "New" Superman Musical". Dallas Observer. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ New York City Center "Encores!" Nycitycenter.org
  11. ^ http://broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Flash-Original-Broadway-Superman-Bob-Holiday-Visits-Encores-ITS-A-BIRDITS-A-PLANEITS-SUPERMAN-20130324#
  12. ^ a b Scivally, Bruce (2007). Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway. McFarland. p. 70. ISBN 978-0786431663. 
  13. ^ Superman Reviews & Ratings - IMDb
  14. ^ Ben Brantley (March 21, 2013). "He's the Man of Steel, as Well as a Man of Song". New York Times. Retrieved February 14, 2017. "Possibilities", the one number from the score that has had any significant afterlife. 
  15. ^ Joe Leydon (June 28, 2010). "Review: 'It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman!'". Variety. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Peggy Lee – Come Back To Me / You've Got Possibilities". Discogs. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Matt Monro – Here's To My Lady". Discogs. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  18. ^ a b Paul Young (June 15, 2014). "16 Actors Who Have Portrayed Superman". ScreenRants. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 

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