Full-Length Musical, Drama  /  3w, 5m

Book by John Logan
Music and Lyrics by Tom Kitt

Superhero tells the story of a mother and son grappling with a devastating loss and the mysterious stranger who helps them on their journey.

Before we can save the world, we have to save each other. From the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Next to Normal and the Tony Award-winning writer of Red comes a deeply human new musical about a fractured family, the mysterious stranger in apartment 4-B, and the unexpected hero who just might save the day.

Image: 2019 Second Stage Theater Production (Joan Marcus)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3w, 5m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


From the Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Emmy Award-winning composer of Next to Normal (Tom Kitt) and the Tony Award-winning writer of Red (John Logan), Superhero is a deeply human new musical about a fractured family, the mysterious stranger in apartment 4-B, and the unexpected hero who just might save the day. Directed by Jason Moore (The Cher Show, Avenue Q), Superhero made its world premiere in January 2019 at Second Stage Theater.
Superhero was developed in 2017 during a residency at the National Music Theater Conference of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, CT and made its world premiere at Second Stage Theater in New York City in January 2019.
SIMON (Range: C3-A4)
CHARLOTTE (Range: G3-D5)
JIM (Range: C3-A4)
VEE (Range: G3-C5)

Available company members also perform VOICES when noted.
  • Time Period Present Day
  • Setting A city. The present.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)


“Kitt writes beautifully for his anguished characters, shaping the lyrics to each distinct voice.” – Alexis Soloski, The Guardian

“[Kitt's] lyrics are neatly turned and germane.” – Michael Sommers, New York Stage Review

“[The] book is intelligent and the songs are well-integrated into it.” – Robert Sholiton, Gotham Playgoer


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    What's Happening to My Boy?

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    Superhero: A New Musical

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    I'll Save The Girl


  • Superhero

    Image: 2019 Second Stage Theater Production (Joan Marcus)


Music Samples

Act I

0. Prelude – Orchestra
1. “The Adventures of the Amazing Sea-Mariner” – Simon & Voices
2. “What's Happening to My Boy?” – Charlotte & Voices
2a. The Apartment Building – Orchestra
3. “The Adventures of the Amazing Sea-Mariner (Reprise)” – Simon & Voice
4. “You Don't Know What I Know” – Jim & Voices
4a. The Mailbox – Orchestra
5. “The Man In 4-B” – Simon & Charlotte
6. “What's Happening to My Boy? (Reprise)” – Charlotte
7. “I'll Save The Girl” – Simon
7a. Transition to Laundry Room – Orchestra
8. “The Man In 4-B (Reprise)” – Simon & Charlotte
9. “Laundry For Two” – Charlotte
10. “I'll Save The Girl (Reprise)” – Simon
11. “The Man In 4-B (Reprise 2)” – Simon & Charlotte
12. “The Amazing Sea-Mariner (Reprise 2)” – Simon
13.” How Do You Do This Again?” – Jim & Charlotte
14. “You Don't Know What I Know (Reprise)” – Simon, Jim & Voices

Act II

15. Entr'acte – Orchestra
16. “It's Not Like In The Movies” – Jim
17. “The Man in 4-B (Reprise 3)” – Charlotte & Simon
18. “The Amazing Sea-Mariner (Reprise 3)” – Simon
19. “If I Only Had One Day” – Vee & Simon
20. “In Between” – Charlotte & Jim
20a. My Dad, The Superhero Intro – Orchestra
21. “My Dad, The Superhero” – Simon
22. “It Happens To You” – Charlotte
23. “What Are The Words?” – Charlotte
23a. Help Me – Orchestra
24. If I Only Had One Day (Reprise) – Simon
24a. The Beach – Orchestra
24b. First Steps – Orchestra
24c. Final Issue Orchestra
24d. The Comic Book – Orchestra
25. “Superman Is Dead” – Simon
26. “Superhero” – Charlotte
27. Bows – Orchestra

Reed (Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet)
Keyboard-Conductor (Landscape Full Conductor Score)
Drums (Drum Set, Tam-Tam, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Gran Cassa, Sm. Shaker, Woodblock, Sm. Triangle, Bass Drum, Djembe, Tambourine & Tiny Cabasa)
Guitar (Electric, Steel String Acoustic, Nylon Acoustic)
Bass (Upright & Electric)
  • Musical Style Contemporary Broadway
  • Dance Requirements None
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra Size Medium

Licensing & Materials

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8 Vocal Books
1 Piano-Vocal
1 Keyboard-Conductor (Full Score)
1 Reed
1 Horn
1 Violin
1 Cello
1 Drums
1 Guitar
1 Bass
8 Vocal Books
1 Piano-Vocal


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John Logan

John Logan is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. He has received rave reviews for his plays Never the Sinner, about the infamous Leopold and Loeb case, and Hauptman, about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. RED, which premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and the ...
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Tom Kitt

Tom Kitt is a Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Emmy-winning composer whose credits include Next to Normal, If/Then, High Fidelity, Bring It On: The Musical, Disney's Freaky Friday and the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park. As a music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator, his ...

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