"It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman"

Musical - Original

Alvin Theatre

  • First Preview: March 9, 1966
  • Opening Date: March 29, 1966
  • Closing Date: July 16, 1966
  • Previews: 19
  • Performances: 129

Music: Charles Strouse

Lyrics: Lee Adams

Book: David Newman, Robert Benton


The one and only Superman is nearly destroyed by an evil scientist angered over losing the Nobel Prize 10 times, who works with a reporter colleague of Clark Kent's on The Daily Planet to find the superhero's weak spot.


Opening Night Cast

Jack Cassidy Max Mencken
Michael O'Sullivan Dr. Abner Sedgwick
Bob Holiday Superman and Clark Kent
Patricia Marand Lois Lane
Don Chastain in Don Chastain Jim Morgan
Linda Lavin in Linda Lavin Sydney
Joseph Gentry Joe Ling
Jerry Fujikawa Father Ling
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Opening Night Production Credits

  David Newman Book
  Robert Benton Book
Charles Strouse Charles Strouse Music
Lee Adams Lee Adams Lyrics
Harold Prince Harold Prince Director
  Ernest O. Flatt Choreographer
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Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1966 Actor in a Musical Jack Cassidy Nominee
1966 Featured Actor in a Musical Michael O'Sullivan Nominee
1966 Featured Actress in a Musical Patricia Marand Nominee
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