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

Original Broadway Cast (1966)

Recording Info

Recording Type: Commercial
Origin: Studio
Material Included: Musical Numbers Only
Date Recorded: April 3, 1966

Credits

Staff

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Conductor
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Producer

Cast

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Superman/Clark Kent
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Max Mencken
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Jim Morgan
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Sydney
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Lois Lane
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Dr. Abner Sedgwick
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Suspect 1
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Father Ling
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Joe Ling
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Ming Foo Ling
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Suspect 4
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Tai Ling
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Perry White
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Suspect 2
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Suspect 3
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Fan Po Ling
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Suspect 5
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Dong Ling
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Annette, the Secretary (Citizen of Metropolis)
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Cathy, the Child (Citizen of Metropolis)
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Al, the Bank Robber (Citizen of Metropolis)
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Wanda, the Waitress (Citizen of Metropolis)
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Milton, the Hood (Citizen of Metropolis)
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Byron, the Bank Guard (Citizen of Metropolis)
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Sue-Ellen, the Teenager (Citizen of Metropolis)
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William, the Exchange Student (Citizen of Metropolis)
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Gordon, the Student (Citizen of Metropolis)
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Barbie, the Receptionist (Citizen of Metropolis)
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Rosalie, the High School Girl (Citizen of Metropolis)
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Leslie, the Shopper (Citizen of Metropolis)
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Bonnie, the Moll (Citizen of Metropolis)
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Marnie, the Model (Citizen of Metropolis)
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Harvey, the Tour Guide (Citizen of Metropolis)
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Kevin, the College Boy (Citizen of Metropolis)

Track List

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Tracks

  • Overture .... Orchestra, Superman and Lois
  • Doing Good .... Superman
  • We Need Him .... Lois, Max, Clark and the Company
  • It's Superman .... Lois
  • We Don't Matter at All .... Jim and Lois
  • Revenge .... Dr. Sedgwick
  • The Woman for the Man .... Max and Lois
  • You've Got Possibilities .... Sydney
  • What I've Always Wanted .... Lois
  • It's Super Nice .... The Company
  • Entr'acte .... Orchestra
  • So Long, Big Guy .... Max
  • The Strongest Man in the World .... Superman
  • Ooh, Do You Love You! .... Sydney
  • You've Got What I Need .... Dr. Sedgwick and Max
  • It's Superman (Reprise) .... Lois, Clark, Sydney, Max, The Flying Lings and the Company
  • I'm Not Finished Yet .... Lois
  • Pow! Bam! Zonk! .... Superman and The Flying Lings
  • Finale .... The Company
  • Dot, Dot, Dot (Bonus Track) .... Charles Strouse and Lee Adams
  • A Woman Alone (Bonus Track) .... Charles Strouse
  • You've Got Possibilities (Bonus Track) .... Charles Strouse
  • Did You See That (Bonus Track) .... Charles Strouse and Lee Adams

Trivia & History

The CD release added four demo tracks performed by composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Lee Adams:

  • Dot, Dot, Dot
  • A Woman Alone
  • You've Got Possibilities
  • Did You See That

The lyric for "You've Got Possibilities" has many differences from the final version heard in the show. The music for "A Woman Alone" was reused for "Auf Wiedersehen" in Strouse's later show Dance a Little Closer.


The original LP issue listed "Everything's Easy When You Know How" as part of the song list (on the back cover) but this number was not on the LP and seems not to have been recorded. The song list was part of a fictional review of the show. The entire back cover of the jacket did not have traditional liner notes. Instead, the conceit was that the back cover was a page from The Daily Planet, including the columns "Max Mencken's Metropolis"; "Women's News," by Lois Lane; and "Shipping News," by Clark Kent; in addition, there was an unsigned article titled "Superman Saves City," an unsigned article with the headline "Mao Tse-Tung Peace Prize Won by Dr. Abner Sedgwick," and, in addition to the unsigned review of the show, an unsigned book review of "It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman!" with the authors of the book listed as David Newman and Robert Benton. 

Recording Info

Recording Type: Commercial
Origin: Studio
Material Included: Musical Numbers Only
Date Recorded: April 3, 1966

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