Theater fans and Superman fans have some fun in store for them this week when the Encore production of It’s a Bird, It’s Plane…It’s Superman hits the stage with Edward Watts as Clark/Superman, Jenny Power as Lois Lane and Alli Mauzey as Sydney Carlton. Originally produced in 1966 with music and lyrics by Charles Strause and Lee Adams and book by David Newman and Robert Benton, it’s definitely a retro view of Superman—he’s dating Lois for one thing—but if you like the most iconic view of the Man of Steel, this fits the bill. Plus—show tunes.

We were lucky to attend the media day for this and Mauzey stole the show with an ultra-spunky “You’ve Got Possibilities” but Watts is a heroic, handsome Clark and Power is a winsome, tuneful Lois. The show runs from March 20-24 at City Center and tickets are available here. Enter “comics” at checkout for a discount.



  1. The original production was reviewed by the New York Times, which means there’s also an illustration done by Al Hirschfeld.

  2. One of the great scores of the 60’s! If you don’t mind a fun version of super heroes, it can be quite enjoyable!

  3. Saw it last night, and it was an enjoyable outing to the theater. Definitely nowhere in the running of the great Broadway musicals, but one with quite a bit of fun to offer, performed with gusto, which is what the New York City Center Encores! series is all about.

    And tho’ I’ve not seen Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark yet, I’ll wager there are more hummable catchy tunes in this than anything Bono and Edge composed for that show…

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