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Short Musical, Comedy
2f, 4m, 1 any gender
Book by David Newman and Robert Benton / Based upon the comic strip Superman / Music by Charles Strouse / Lyrics by Lee Adams / Broadway production produced by Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchell / Directed for the Broadway stage by Harold Prince / Adapted for Tams-Witmark by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati / Script Adaption: Eric Byrd, Associate Artistic Director / Music Arrangements: Dr. Brian Hoffman, Music Director / Roderick Justice, Producing Artistic Director
Image: Joan Marcus
Superman/Clark Kent – The Man of Steel/meek writer for the Daily PlanetLois Lane – Daily Planet reporter; competent and professional; in love with SupermanMax Mencken – Daily Planet columnist; jealous of Superman’s glorySydney – Daily Planet secretary; clever and a bit sarcasticPerry White – Daily Planet editor; gruff and impatientDr. Abner Sedgwick – A mad scientist; wacky and determined to destroy SupermanKenneth Banghart – Film narrator for the Daily Planet
The Doom Bandits – A group of crooks who assist Sedgwick; athletic dancersFirst Bandit – Spokesperson for the Doom BanditsWoman*Child*Suspect 1 – Fell without a parachuteSuspect 2 – Struck by a falling safeSuspect 3 – Stepped on a live wireSuspect 4 – Held a rope by his teethSuspect 5 – Delusional and “a bit wacky”Tour Guide – Authoritative and knowledgeableMIT Freshman Class President – Young and wholesomeHead Cheerleader – Enthusiastic and expressiveA Little Child – Non-speaking
Citizens of MetropolisDaily Planet EmployeesPhotographersCheerleadersM.I.T. StudentsTouristsPolice Officers
*Woman and Child appear only if Superman needs time to gear up for flight.
“A WHAM! POP! BAM! of energetic fun!” – ArtsWave
“Superman is fun...easily the best musical so far this season.” – Stanley Kauffmann, The New York Times
“Completely silly and intentionally camp...Superman is candy bright, as befits its comic-book source.” – Jesse Green, Vulture
“Winning... A singing comic strip, in which scenery, characters and even songs feel as if they had been rendered in the Benday dots of bright ink we associate with the Sunday funnies.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“An energy-infused, tongue-in-cheek romp that reminds us of the need for heroes every day.” – Christi Geary, ArtsWave
Superman Promo - Fab Nobs Theatre
Superman - Children's Theatre of Cincinnati
Image: Joan Marcus
Charles Strouse is one of America's most successful musical theatre composers. His first Broadway musical, Bye Bye Birdie (1960), written with his long-time collaborator Lee Adams, won him a Tony Award and the London Critics Best Foreign Musical Award. In 1970, Applause, star ...
Lee Adams began his professional career as a journalist, working as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer and editor, and radio writer and interviewer. But his life took a sudden turn when his “hobby” of lyric writing led to Bye, Bye Birdie in 1960. This unheralded little Bro ...
David Newman's theatre credits include the book for It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s Superman, produced and directed by Hal Prince; book for The Life, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Ira Gasman (nominated for 12 Tony Awards); I Spend My Days in Longing, a compilation of t ...
Acadamy Award winner Robert Benton was raised in Waxahachie, Texas, earned his BFA degree from the University of Texas, and moved to New York for his Master's at Columbia University. He went to work at Esquire Magazine as the assistant to the art director before being drafted ...
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