It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman to Soar Again at Encores!
By: Ellis Nassour
It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman , a spin on the comic book, TV, and film superhero of Gotham City, is the second concert production of Encores! 20th Anniversary season, playing seven performances at City Center March 20 – 24. John Rando [numerous Encores! Productions; All in the Timing revival; staged NY Philharmonic concert, Carousel; A Christmas Story, Urinetown (Tony winner)] directs.
Based on the Superman comic strip originally drawn by Joe Shuster and eventually ghosted by numerous others, has music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams (Applause, Golden Boy, Bye Bye Birdie, All American), and book by David Newman and Robert Benton.
Edward Watts (Biblical hunk in Scandalous; Finian’s Rainbow) is Clark Kent/Superman; and Jenny Powers (Irish Rep’s Donnybrook; Little Women; Grease) portrays Lois Lane. David Pittu and Will Swenson lead a featured cast and ensemble of 25. Encores!’ Rob Berman will conduct the 30-piece orchestra using original orchestrations. Jack Viertel is Encores! artistic director.
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman opened at the Alvin (now, Neil Simon) in March 1966, directed by Harold Prince and running 129 performances. It featured the inimitable Jack Cassidy and Linda Lavin (her third Broadway show). Songs include "You’ve Got Possibilities," "You’ve Got What I Need," "I’m Not Finished Yet," and "The Woman for the Man."
Encores! is made possible, in part, by Newman’s Own Foundation and the Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund. Tickets for It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman, $30 – $115 and available at the City Center box office, through CityTix (212) 581-1212, or online at www.NYCityCenter.org. For various performance times, see the web site.
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