One of the most colorful ephemera of Superman lore is his stage appearance in the show “It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman!” a musical with book by David Newman and Robert Benton, and music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adam (That’s the guys behind Bye Bye Bride and Applause.) The show is being revived for a seven performance run at New York City Center from March 20 through 24. Tickets can be purchased here.
Starring as Clark Kent/Superman is Edward Watts, recently seen on Broadway in Scandalous in the dual roles of Robert Semple and David Hutton. He’s also been seen in Finian’s Rainbow, The Fantasticks and New York
City Opera’s production of The Most Happy Fella.
More casting news is to come. The new production will be directed by John Rando with choreography by Joshua Bergasse and music direction by Rob Berman.
The original production of It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman opened at the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre) on March 29, 1966 and ran for 129 performances. It was directed by Harold Prince and starred Bob Holiday as Superman, Patricia Marand as Lois Lane, Jack Cassidy and Linda Lavin. The show features the songs “You’ve Got Possibilities,” “You’ve Got What I Need,” “I’m Not Finished Yet and “The Woman for The Man.” Below is an archival photo of BOb Holiday in the original production.
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