July 6th, 2010
03:16 PM ET
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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