July 6th, 2010
03:16 PM ET

Positive reviews for 'Superman' musical

First Wonder Woman got an edgy new makeover, and now Superman is singing show tunes. The Man of Steel has turned musical star thanks to a Dallas revival of the 1966 Broadway show “It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman!”

The production is actually quite a serious spectacle, with an $800,000 budget, a cast of 24 – including Broadway heavyweight Matt Cavenaugh (West Side Story”) as Superman – and more than 100 costume changes, reports The New York Times.

“It’s a Bird…” follows young Kal-El’s journey from the planet Krypton to farm life in Smallville to big-city Metropolis, and explores the love triangle between Lois Lane, Clark Kent, and corrupt businessman Maxwell Menken.

Though the show stays true to the Superman legend, it does put its own spin on the story: The Times reports that black actors portray the roles of Lois, Superman’s father, Jor-El, and Daily Planet Editor-in-Chief Perry White.

Reviews so far have been positive, and the creative team hopes to bring the show to Broadway, where Superman could do battle with Spider-Man. The web slinger is also set to hit the Great White Way in the upcoming musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

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  1. TJ

    Jay Kay when will you graduate elementary school?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jennifer

    I saw the show with my family last Friday night and it was terrific. It is not a modern recreation of Superman but rather the Superman of the 1930's. It is not over the top or campy. The costumes and staging were excellent and in my opinion the best performance was by Patrick Cassidy as Max Menken. I hope the run here in Dallas does well and they are able to take the show to Broadway.

    July 6, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. FRANK

    They made an opera out of "The Fly", Bollywood is making a musical about the love affair of Hitler and Eva Braum; nothing shocks me.

    July 6, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. emelem

    What's next? Superman, on an ice skating show? Good grief. No imagination anymore. First, it's always a movie (with the exception of books that are made into movies). Then, a Broadway musical is made, then an ice show, then a show on board a cruiseliner. Only then will it be left alone, after the initial idea has been butchered.

    July 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cheryl

    My High Schooll did a production of this back in 1995 or '96. It's a fun show and I'm sure it would be 1000 times better on Broadway than it was in my small town High School.

    July 6, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lbw

    Once upon a time, not so long ago, Broadway musicals were based on literature like "Phantom of the Opera", "Les Miserable" , "Romeo and Juliet" and " Tales of the South Pacific". I hope this is not a comment about our choice of reading material becoming 3rd grade level.

    July 6, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nostrdufus

      Yes...and they had real music like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Leonard Bernstein, etc.

      July 6, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      You're reading entertainment news on the internet. Crack a book and keep the judgement to a minimum.

      July 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      Really? And how many people who've seen 'Phantom' go read LeRoux. Broadway big-budget musicals are not the portal to literature or high culture. To try and argue otherwise reveals you as desperately striving towards being Middle-Brow.

      July 6, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trent

      Ignorant. I'm an English Lit major and an avid comic fan, and many publications (including a good handful of Superman graphic novels) contain just as much (if not more) depth as most of the novels I've studied over the last three years. The comic industry has changed since the 1950's BAM! POW! HOLY FLYING MONKEYS BATMAN! style. If you want to see what REALLY reflects the decline in culture, look at comic writer Grant Morrison's sales and compare them to Stephanie Meyer's.

      July 7, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. torres #3

    Superman homepage has a clip from the show when it was featured on Good Morning Texas. I tried to post a link, but my post wont show.

    July 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jamie Roberts, lifelong Superman/Lois Lane admirer

    Please, please come to Philadelphia. I would LOVE to see this!

    July 6, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. vanilla

    I don't.

    July 6, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. troll killah

    i want to see this.

    July 6, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Republicans have their own Superman....his name is Michael Steele. If you enjoy political humor, check out this really funny article. If you don't like political humor, then just check out the picture.

      http://www.dailygoat.com/2010/07/michael-steele-fights-rnc-chairman-job-kicks-2-legit-2-quit-tour/

      July 7, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff

    Go for it, you'll enjoy it.

    July 6, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jay Kay

    I know you're gay!

    July 6, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |

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