"Pow! Bam! Zonk!" Revised It's a Bird…It's a Plane...It's Superman Opens in Dallas

By Adam Hetrick
25 Jun 2010

Jenny Powers and Matt Cavenaugh
Jenny Powers and Matt Cavenaugh
Photo by Brandon Thibodeaux

The Charles Strouse-Lee Adams musical It's a Bird…It's a Plane...It's Superman soars anew. A new version of the 1966 Broadway musical, with revisions by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, officially opens June 25 at the Dallas Theater Center.

DTC artistic director Kevin Moriarty directs Superman, which began previews June 18 and will run through July 25 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

Playwright Aguirre-Sacasa is known for his plays Good Boys and True and The Muckle Man, and is also a writer for such comic books as "Marvel Knights 4" and "Sensational Spider-Man." David Newman and Robert Benton penned the original book for the musical that has a score by Bye Bye Birdie writers Strouse (music) and Adams (lyrics).

Matt Cavenaugh (West Side Story, A Catered Affair) stars in the title role with Patrick Cassidy (Blood Brothers, Assassins) as the musical's villain, Max Mencken. Cassidy's father, Jack Cassidy, originated the role in the original 1966 Broadway production under the direction of Hal Prince.

Zakiya Young (The Little Mermaid) is cast as Lois Lane, with Cavenaugh's wife and Broadway actress Jenny Powers (Grease, Happiness, Little Women) as Clark Kent's other love interest, Sydney Sharp. Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Mary Poppins, Spelling Bee) plays Torchy.



Completing the Superman cast are Bob Hess as the Court Jester, Julie Johnson as Scarlet Widow, Matthew Kilgore as Kazam, Cara Serber as Marilyn Nessbit, Paul Taylor as Jack-in-the-Box, Kate Wetherhead (Legally Blonde, Spelling Bee) as Blackbird, Kent Zimmerman as Jupiter James, Hassan El-Amin as Perry White, Sean Hennigan as Mayor Siegel, Cedric Neal as Cadabra, Chris Klink, Addie McDaniel, Mackenzie Warren, Steven Wenslawski, Derek Barnes, Dawson Holder, Raleigh "Tre" Jones, Ashton Miramontes and Jacob Redmon.

According to DTC, the latest version "sets the story in 1939, one year after Superman's arrival in Metropolis, and the evil mastermind Max Menken is determined to dethrone Superman as Metropolis' most beloved hero. Facing off against Menken’s bevy of super villains, Superman must defend his fair city while trying to win the heart of Lois Lane as the everyday Clark Kent."

It's a Bird…It's a Plane…It's Superman has set design by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Jennifer Caprio, lighting by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Robert Kaplowitz. Kimberly Grigsby (Spring Awakening) is musical director. Additional orchestrations are by Eugene Gwozdz. Joel Ferrell is choreographer.

For tickets, phone (214) 880-0202 or visit DallasTheaterCenter. The Dallas Theater Center is located at 2400 Flora Street, Dallas, TX.