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It's A Bird ... It's A Plane ... It's Superman (1966 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

Charles Strouse , Lee Adams Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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listen  1. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: Act I: Overture (Voice)Jack Cassidy 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: Doing Good (Voice)Jack Cassidy 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. We Need Him (Voice)Jack Cassidy 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: It's Superman (Voice)Jack Cassidy 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: We Don't Matter At All (Voice)Jack Cassidy 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: Revenge (Voice)Jack Cassidy 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: The Woman For The Man (Voice)Jack Cassidy 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: You've Got Possibilities (Voice)Jack Cassidy 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. What I've Always Wanted (Voice)Jack Cassidy 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: It's Super Nice (Voice)Jack Cassidy 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Entr'acte (Voice)Jack Cassidy 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: Act II: So Long, Big Guy (Voice)Jack Cassidy 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: The Strongest Man In The World (Voice)Jack Cassidy 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: Ooh, Do You Love You! (Voice)Jack Cassidy 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: You've Got What I Need (Voice)Jack Cassidy 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. It's Superman (reprise) (Voice)Jack Cassidy 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: I'm Not Finished Yet (Voice)Jack Cassidy 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: Pow! Bam! Zonk! (Voice)Jack Cassidy 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: Finale (Voice)Jack Cassidy 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: Dot, Dot, Dot (Voice)Jack Cassidy 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: A Woman Alone (Voice)Jack Cassidy 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman: You've Got Possibilities (Voice)Jack Cassidy 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Did You See That (Voice)Jack Cassidy0:58$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Lee Adams
  • Audio CD (November 24, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027WB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album of a Nearly-Great Show April 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
SUPERMAN is one of those flop musicals that was just so, so, so close to being a hit. It had all the right ingredients: A very funny book (by Robert Benton and David Newman, who would hit it big the next year as screenwriters of BONNIE AND CLYDE), a tuneful score with at least one obvious hit ("You've Got Possibilities"), a fine cast, a distinctive production, and a rave review from the New York TIMES. So what happened? Basically, the story was weak. (Story counts; Strouse and Adams' next show, APPLAUSE, had a disappointing score and book, but the strength of its storyline helped carry it to the hit column.) The main plot hooks -- Superman doubting himself; Lois Lane considering marrying someone else -- weren't particularly interesting, and the show was dominated to an inordinate extent by characters who were really peripheral: Jack Cassidy as a Winchell-type columnist and Linda Lavin as his secretary. Maybe some of the show's problems were due to Harold Prince's relative inexperience as a director. If Newman and Benton would reunite to strengthen the story just a little (without losing too many of the hilarious lines from their book), this show really could be the hit it should have been in 1966.
Until then, we have the album, and it's great. Except for one horrible number ("It's Super Nice," which apparently was even worse onstage), it doesn't sound like a flop; Strouse and Adams are at their considerable peak with wonderful tunes and witty lyrics (Lois sings of Superman: "Tell me please, when will he learn it's not some silly fly-by-night affair?").
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superman was a great show April 8, 2002
By Jim Jr
Format:Audio CD
I was lucky enough to have seen "Superman" on Broadway and it was one of the most enjoyable times I've had in a Broaway theater. Yes, it had it's faults, but as a show that entertained an audience, it was (to use a cliche) SUPER. I left the theater smiling and humming the music. There were great flying sequences, break apart props as Superman accomplished his feats, great cheorography including the fights. There was one very funny bit during one of Clark Kent's songs, a telephone booth followed him around the stage waiting for him to get in and change to Superman. A really FUN show.
One of the biggest faults was that the starring role was NOT Superman, but that of an unscrupulous newspaper columunist. Jack Cassidy was given star billing for this part over Bob Holiday as Clark Kent/Superman. This pulled the show somewhat out of focus.Good as Cassidy was, it was wrong to emphasize his part.
Bob Holiday was wonderful in the title role. It's a shame that he didn't go on to other roles. He was every inch Superman and had a great voice and imposing presance. He was able to convincingly create two different characters - Kent and Superman - in one performance. However, the major musical numbers were given to Cassidy as the "star".
One of the true joys of the show was Linda Lavin. Her two songs were absolute show stoppers. "You've Got Possibilities" is a really great show tune. It was obvious she would be the major star she has become. Her performance alone, was a reason to see this show.
The other female lead, Patricia Marand, was also wonderful, again, she should have gone on to other Broadway shows. I did see her opposite Yul Brynner in a tour of "King and I" as Anna and she was magnificent. She is drop dead beautiful, a wonderful actress and singer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, funny and hip musical July 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you didn't think that the tale of Superman could be turned into a musical, well, you are in for a surprise. This is an old-style musical with it's toungue firmly planted in its cheek-no melodrama here. Our high school performed this musical, and it was the most fun I ever had. The songs are goofy and funny, and the story is just as fun. This goes along side Charles Strouse's "Bye Bye Birdie" as a pure, fun-filled delight. It is a hip and cool musical, and this soundtrack is an excellent primer to the actual show.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Legacy Of A Broadway Misfire November 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Because the book writers for this 1966 flop musical (only 129 performances) also co-wrote the Christopher Reeve movies, some like composer Charles Strouse have suggested that the idea was ahead of its time. Actually what this fails to take into account is that what made the Reeve movies a success were the elements that were totally lacking in the musical. The gritty straightforwardness of Superman's origins, and more importantly the faithful depiction of many Superman characters that the show also jettisoned (Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olson and the all but invisible in the show Perry White). The only element of the Broadway show that really made it into the film was the depiction of Clark Kent as a bumbling Harold Lloyd type. It's rather telling that when the Newmans became sole screenwriters for "Superman 3" the series tanked for all intents and purposes.

Back to the musical. There are some good songs, especially "It's Superman" and "You've Got Possibilities" but overall it's not one of Strouse's best. Also, the libretto suffers from serious structural problems, particularly in making Max Menken (Jack Cassidy) the centerpiece. If the show isn't first and foremost about Superman then you're ultimately cheating the audience. In addition, there is a very intrusive and pointless subplot of Lois becoming romantically involved with the villainous Dr. Sedgwick's assistant (note to the listener of the CD. This key subplot is totally missed in the liner notes making them very unreliable in terms of understanding the songs if one hasn't seen the show). All in all, Superman the musical seems to come off like an evening of fun but lacking the all important sense of understanding the character's background and the whole Superman mythos.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great musical.
This is a great musical. Fiirst saw it when a local high school drama/music department performed it and had to have the original!
Published 4 months ago by Sandra C.
4.0 out of 5 stars not a great music but fun to hear
Ok, maybe "Superman" isn't in the same league as "My Fair Lady", "Kiss Me Kate", or "Chicago" but every once in awhile, it's fun to hear these... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Col William Russell
2.0 out of 5 stars Did anyone really see this in the theatre?
Yikes, haven't looked this up but can't fathom it running on broadway for more than 100 performances. It is original, will give it that much!
Published 5 months ago by David W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine for the novelty, but not a successful show
This album is an entertaining artifact, worth owning if only to prove to skeptics that the show actually existed. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Neurasthenic
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman
Loved one particular song on this CD and purchased it because of that one song. ("You've Got Personality" by Linda Lavin).
Published 13 months ago by Marjorie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Superman Incarnation
It's such a shame that a botched TV adaptation is left to represent this show. Luckily, there is this original cast recording! Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by ArtDC
4.0 out of 5 stars IT WASN'T KRYPTONITE.....
...that grounded this show. "It's a Bird..It's a Plane..It's Superman" flew into Broadway in March 1966 and flew out by July 1966 which was a shame because the show was essentialy... Read more
Published on August 15, 2010 by Robert F. Powers
3.0 out of 5 stars sassy "Superman" musical oddity
As a collector of Broadway cast albums and show music in general, I especially love the "flop shows", so when the CD of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' IT'S A BIRD... Read more
Published on April 27, 2010 by Byron Kolln
5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Bird! It's A Plane! It's Superman!!
I've loved this album for about 40 years now. Thrilled to have it on CD.
Published on August 1, 2008 by M. D. A. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Complications, accusations, cheap sensations, foundations
I welcomed this score back into my life through the CD. This show was reissued by Columbia on vinyl in the 1970s. Listening to it, I couldn't believe it was a flop. Read more
Published on June 4, 2008 by Richard LeComte
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