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Super Sidekick: The Musical

Michael Gordon Shapiro, Gregory Crafts

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  1f, 3m, 3m or f

Book by Gregory Crafts
Music and Lyrics by Michel Gordon Shapiro

When famous superhero Blackjack the Bold is kidnapped by an evil sorcerer, it's up to his assistant Inky to step up and save the day!

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Super Sidekick: The Musical
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OVERVIEW

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1f, 3m, 3m or f
  • Duration
    Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adventure, Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales, Science Fiction, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Best of Fringe
    Official Selection! 2010 Festival of New American Musicals
    Official Selection! 2012 New York International Fringe Festival
Description

When famous superhero Blackjack the Bold is kidnapped by an evil sorcerer, it's up to his assistant Inky to step up and save the day! Little does he know that he'll also have to contend with Ninja Koalas, dark caves, secret weapons, and an abducted princess who's considerably braver than he is. Colorful characters, witty humor, and an upbeat catchy score make Super Sidekick: The Musical a treat for young audiences, and an engaging project for thespians of all ages.

History
Super Sidekick:The Musical premiered at the Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood, CA on July 18, 2010 as part of the 3rd Annual LA Festival of New American Musicals, produced by Theatre Unleashed. It opened in New York City at the SoHo Playhouse as part of the New York International Fringe Festival in 2012, produced by ArtEffects Theatre Company and Theatre Unleashed.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: The Future, Not Applicable
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Setting:

The Kingdom, a timeless and magical land full of gregarious super heroes, clever princesses, dastardly villains wielding mad inventions and hungry marsupials trained in martial arts. Bold, bright and colorful. Picture a mash-up of classic high fantasy and modern comic book styles, with a dash of steampunk thrown in for good measure and let your imagination run wild.

Casting

1f, 3m, 3m or f
Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
NARRATOR
INKY - Sidekick to Blackjack the Bold
BLACKJACK the BOLD - The greatest hero in The Kingdom
FOUR CITIZENS - including MR. SMITH and MRS. APPLEBAUM - Proud denizens of The Kingdom
QUEEN - Ruler of The Kingdom
PRINCESS PENELOPE - Daughter of The Queen
SORCERER SLURM - Super Villain
NINJA KOALAS - Slurm's Hench-bears
MONSTERS

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Small

Materials

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Piano/Conductor’s Score
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10 Vocal/Chorus Books
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Media

Press

"...perfect for small children, with audience participation, a perfect hour run-time and catchy musical numbers" - L.A. Theatre Review

"Critics' Pick" - New York Magazine

"At an hour long, Super Sidekick is a quick moving, no frills adventure kids are sure to enjoy.  And for the big people that brought them, there are well-rounded performances, a couple of solid gags, and expertly crafted lyrics to keep their interest peaked, too... Gregory Crafts' book is funny and clear, providing a good foundation for Michael Gordon Shapiro's brilliant lyrics, which get more impressive the closer one listens." - NYTheatre.com

"The team behind Super Sidekick:The Musical have perfected the art of live-action cartoon... even as a grown-up I found it humorous, saucy, and a lot of fun!" - The Happiest Medium

"Not only is the story delightful but the lyrics are too... When I went the audience was filled with grown-ups who acted like kids in their total enjoyment of the piece and the actual kids that were there had an even better time." - Hi! Drama

"Our schools are always demanding a musical option for the tour, and it's hard to find one that is age-appropriate, time-appropriate, AND artistically excellent. Needless to say, I was incredibly pleased when I found Super Sidekick." - Aimee S. Reid, Director of the Treehouse Troupe


Song Samples

Blackjack!
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If I Were a Hero Too
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Inky and the Princess
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Slurm's Soliloquy
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The Final Encounter
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Authors

Michael Gordon Shapiro

Michael Gordon Shapiro's musical career began when a kindly aunt noticed him figuring out Beatles tunes by ear and insisted that he be given a piano. Several decades and far too few piano lessons later, his career includes scores for film, television, video games, the concert hall, and musical theatre. On the lattermos ...

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Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts grew up wanting to be a Ninja Koala. However, because he thought his parents would frown upon a career choice that involved him working as a hench-bear for an evil sorcerer (ninja skills or not), he decided to study acting instead. In 2006, Mr. Crafts began writing the story that would b ...

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