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It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman

Genre Fantasy/Adventure
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Composer Charles Strouse
Lyricist Lee Adams
Book By David Newman; Robert Benton
 
Other Credits
Format Book Musical
Type Full Length
Status Available (?This work is currently available for application in Australia and New Zealand subject to our standard Terms of Use.)
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Short Synopsis

In this classic tale of good versus evil we meet our hero on the streets of metropolis ‘doing good’ as he foils robberies and saves citizens. The people of Metropolis realise their dependency on Superman as they sing “We Need Him”. Next we meet the mild mannered Clark Kent at the Daily Planet where Superman receives the adoration of Lois Lane and the disdain of the ego maniacal Max Mencken. As Lois sings of her love for the man of steel there is a call from the renowned scientist Professor Abner Sedgwick. Sedgwick has a problem that only Superman can solve. His Nuclear reactor and MIT is malfunctioning and is hours away from reducing Metropolis to a pile of rubble. Superman arrives at the reactor in the nick-of-time and averts disaster. With this act we learn of Sedgwick’s plan to find Superman’s weakness. He befriends Lois and uses her connections with Superman and her position at the paper to find such a weakness. The mania of Mencken escalates as he creates a plan to expose superman’s real identity using everything at his disposal, including his girlfriend. When there is a disaster in Metropolis, the citizens quickly turn on Superman, blaming him for not saving the day. Sedgwick uses this to his advantage and recruits Mencken and some hired goons – the Flying Lings – in a plan to bring Superman to his knees. Sedgwick almost manages to remove Superman from the metropolis skyline when he double crosses one too many people. Superman is restored to his former self and saves the day after almost having his secret identity revealed.

Rehearsal Materials

Rehearsal Materials on Hire

ITS A BIRD ITS A PLANE ITS SUPERMAN REHEARSAL SET

  • 25 × SUPERMAN LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOK
  • 2 × SUPERMAN PIANO/CONDUCTOR SCORE ACT I
  • 2 × SUPERMAN PIANO/CONDUCTOR SCORE ACT II

Orchestral Materials

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Orchestral Materials on Hire

ITS A BIRD ITS A PLANE ITS SUPERMAN ORCHESTRAL SET

  • 1 × SUPERMAN REED I
  • 1 × SUPERMAN REED II
  • 1 × SUPERMAN REED III
  • 1 × SUPERMAN REED IV
  • 1 × SUPERMAN REED V
  • 1 × SUPERMAN TRUMPET I & II
  • 1 × SUPERMAN TRUMPET III
  • 1 × SUPERMAN TROMBONE I
  • 1 × SUPERMAN TROMBONE II
  • 1 × SUPERMAN TROMBONE III (AND TUBA)
  • 1 × SUPERMAN VIOLA I & II
  • 1 × SUPERMAN CELLO
  • 1 × SUPERMAN BASS
  • 1 × SUPERMAN PERCUSSION

PERFORM WITH PIANO ONLY

Casting Information

Dance Requirement: Standard

Character Breakdown

Superman/Clark Kent: (20-35 Baritone);  The Man Of Steel. His goal in life is doing good, an inescapable task imposed on him because he is a superhero. His feats are the stuff young damsels dream of. His comedy comes from his struggle between being a man and a hero. Think Stan from ‘American Dad’

Max Mencken: (20-40 High Baritone);  A theatrical columnist, who has little patience for Superman or for his incredible feats. Max is infatuated with Lois and constantly comments sarcastically about the object of her dreams. He sings “So Long Big Guy” and “Woman For The Man”. He is a slimy smooth talking guy who will do anything to get to the top.

Dr. Abner Sedgwick: (20-40 Baritone);  A professor at the respectable M.I.T. (Metropolis Institute of Technology) and a ten-time Nobel-Prize loser, he is bent on revenge for all the indignities he’s suffered from the scientific community and has vowed to destroy the world’s symbol of goodness, you guessed it!, Superman. He sings “You’ve Got What I Need” and “REVENGE!”

Jim Morgan: (18-25 High Baritone);  A handsome lab assistant, who obviously has a crush on Lois. He sings “We Don’t Matter At All” with Lois.

Lois Lane: (18-35 Soprano);  Star reporter at the Daily Planet. She ignores Clark Kent’s advances and dreams only of being loved by Superman, unaware that they are (shock horror) one and the same!!!

Sydney: (18-35 Mezzo);  She is Max’s pert and sassy secretary. She has developed a crush on Clark Kent and vainly attempts to change his square personality. Sydney eventally ends up dating Clark. She sings “Ooh, Do You Love You” and one of the musical’s more well-known songs “You’ve got Possibilities”.

Perry White: 20-40;  Editor in Chief of the Daily Planet. He is constantly on Clark Kent’s back about missing all of the Superman scoops.

Ensemble: 18-80;  A very busy bunch of Crooks, Suspects, Tourists, Cheerleaders, Policemen, Daily Planet Employees etc…

Rates and Fees

Education and Community Theatre Rates.

Rehearsal Materials

Rehearsal Material on Hire
Minimum Hire fee: A$575.00 – 3 month(s) prior to final performance
Additional Hire fee: A$144.00 – per month

Orchestral Materials

Orchestral Material on Hire
Minimum Hire fee: A$357.00 – 1 month(s) prior to final performance
Additional Hire fee: A$123.00 – per month

Royalty Fees

12% of your ticket sales
Minimum: A$193.00 per performance

Other Fees

Booking and Handling Fee: A$69.00
Materials Security Deposit: from A$200.00 - A$500.00

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