70 Super Years: 1966 - Broadway Bound

It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on March 29, 1966. Although the musical received generally positive reviews, it failed to catch on with the theater-going public and closed on July 17, 1966 after 129 performances.

...It's Superman features music by Charles Strouse (Bye Bye Birdie, Annie) and lyrics by Lee Adams (Bye Bye Birdie), with a book by David Newman and Robert Benton. Strouse and Adams also wrote the theme song to All in the Family, "Those Were The Days." Newman would later go on to co-write the films Superman I-III starring Christopher Reeve.

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.

The original Broadway cast included Jack Cassidy as Max Mencken, Bob Holiday as Superman/Clark Kent, Patricia Marand as Lois Lane and Linda Lavin as Sydney.

Hear Linda Lavin's Sydney sing "You've Got Possiblities" to Clark Kent:
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It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman @ Wikipedia
Superman on Broadway @ Superman Homepage
Superman the Musical @ Superman and Lois & Clark Reference Site
Superman on Broadway @ Superman from Krypton to Metropolis

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