It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • VARIETY

  • NY POST

Opening Night:
June 18, 2010
Closing:
July 25, 2010

Theater: Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre / 2400 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas, 75201

Synopsis: 

A Lost Treasure, a Musical Marvel, Soars Again - Look! Up in the Sky! America's greatest superhero was also the star of one of Broadway's lost musical treasures! Now this mid-'60s miracle, with great songs by the legendary Charles Strouse (Annie) and Lee Adams (Bye Bye Birdie) is part of the Wyly Theatre's historic first season.

In this production the comic book-based musical has a hip updated script by the ingenious young playwright and comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. There will be nothing mild-mannered about this high-voltage revival, when Superman flies in to help Clark Kent and Lois Lane face off against a team of super villains. With singing, dancing, colorful sets and costumes, and a tuneful Broadway score, Superman will be an uplifting end to DTC's 51st season. The Man of Steel promises to sweep Lois Lane - and our audiences - off their feet!

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman

    Look! Up in the Sky! Hoping for Broadway!

    George Gene Gustines

    July 23, 2010: SINCE Superman first arrived on Earth in Action Comics in 1938, superheroes have zigzagged from valiant to self-aware, campy to gritty, depending on the mood of the moment and how their stories are being told. Who the Man of Steel should be now is the decision that faced the Dallas Theater Center when it chose to revive the 1966 Broadway musical “It’s a Bird ... It’s a Plane ... It’s Superman.”

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman

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

    Joe Leydon

    June 28, 2010: So buoyantly lightweight that it practically floats up, up and away, Dallas Theater Center's extensively and inventively revamped "revisal" of "It's a Bird … It's a Plane … It's Superman!" may be just what it takes to elevate the reputation of a semi-obscure Charles Strouse-Lee Adams musical heretofore best known as a cult-fave Broadway flop. A second-chance staging on the Great White Way may be problematical -- DC Comics reportedly maintains a tight grip on its rights to the Superman mythos -- but this new and improved iteration of the show conceivably could become a regional theater staple.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman

    Man of Steel steals hearts

    Michael Riedel

    July 23, 2010: While Bono, The Edge and Julie Tay mor have been twisting and turning in that web of a mess called "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark," the Dallas Theater Center is soaring with a long-forgotten show about the Man of Steel. "It's a Bird . . . It's a Plane . . . It's Superman" flopped on Broadway in 1966, but down here in Big D, it's a hit.

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