It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, a spin on the comic book, TV, and film superhero of Metropolis, is the second concert production of Encores! 20th anniversary season, playing at City Center for seven performances, March 20-24. John Rando (numerous Encores! productions; All in the Timing revival; staged NY Philharmonic concert of Carousel; A Christmas Story; Urinetown) directs.
Based on the Superman character originally created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the show 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!’s Rob Berman will conduct the 30-piece orchestra using original orchestrations. Jack Viertel is Encores!'s artistic director.
It's a Bird… It's a Plane… It's Superman opened at the Alvin (now, Neil Simon) Theatre 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."
Tickets are available at the City Center box office, 131 W. 55th St., by calling 212-581-1212, or online at www.NYCityCenter.org.
Pictured: Jenny Powers, composer Charles Strouse, Edward Watts
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