It's A Bird... It's A Plane... It's Superman - Lost Treasures Collection musical on Lakewood's Side Door Stage October 24 & 25, 2014

Click here to Purchase Tickets October 24 & 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM & Sat. October 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM Directed by Ron Daum. Ticket Prices: $20/all seats.

Superman-web.jpgThe Lost Treasures Collection, a series of rarely performed musical gems presented in concert/cabaret version on Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door stage, presents the first offering in its fifth season, the musical It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman.

Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.

The production, with stage direction by Ron Daum and musical direction by Andrew Bray, will be performed for three performances on two dates only, Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7:00 PM and one Saturday matinee, Oct. 25 at 2:00 PM. The show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging. No sets, no props (free from the usual trappings of a fully staged production). This year's theme: OF MEN AND SUPERMEN. Our series sponsor for all three shows is Dr. Fritz Camp.

It's A Bird... It's A Plane... It's Superman

Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Lee Adams
Book by David Newman and Robert Benton
(Based Upon the Comic Strip “SUPERMAN®)
Broadway Production Produced by Harold Prince 
In Association with Ruth Mitchell, 
Directed for the Broadway Stage by Harold Prince

The Story: The plot revolves around Superman's efforts to defeat Dr. Abner Sedgwick, a ten-time Nobel Prize-losing scientist who seeks to avenge the scientific world's dismissal of his brilliance by attempting to destroy the world's symbol of good. Additionally, Superman comes into romantic conflict with Max Mencken, a columnist for the Daily Planet newspaper, who resents Lois Lane's attraction to Superman.

After Superman (Spencer Baylis Conway) tells the audience about his credo (I’ll never stop doing good), he changes into his disguise, that of mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent at the Daily Planet. On this particular day, there arrives a visitor in great upset. He is Dr. Abner Sedgwick (Paul G. Miller), renowned nuclear genius from M.I.T. who tells Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane (Chrissy Kelly-Pettit) that he must get Superman immediately to halt an atomic reactor which has gone out of control. Superman (who overhears the problem with his super-hearing) arrives at M.I.T., enters the radioactive chamber and soon sets it aright. Back at the Daily Planet, gossip columnist Max Mencken (Adam Eliot Davis) has concocted a plan to reveal the identity of Superman to the world, thus making himself the town’s real hero. He has gathered together the six most likely Superman suspects and planted a ticking bomb in the office. Fortunately, Clark Kent wanders into the room and is able to stop the danger without revealing himself. In the meantime, Dr. Sedgwick constructs a mammoth computer called Brainiac 7 to aid him in uncovering Superman’s secret identity and Max Mencken decides to join him in defeating Superman.

Will Superman be beaten? Will Lois confess her love of him? This looks like a job for .... Superman! Others in the cast include Caitlin Upshaw, Ryan Monaghan, and David Sargent.

Ticket prices are $20 for all seats. Contact the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or Click here to Purchase Single Tickets securely online.

Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door Stage is an intimate 90-seat cabaret-style venue with general admission seating in the Community Meeting Room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages are available to purchase before and during the show. In 2013 Lakewood's Lost Treasure Collection series received a PAMTA "Outstanding Contribution to Theatre" award.

History of the Play:
The musical opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on March 29, 1966. It was directed by Harold Prince with choreography by Ernest Flatt, and starred Bob Holiday as Clark Kent/Superman, Patricia Marand as Lois Lane, Jack Cassidy as Max Mencken, and Linda Lavin as Sydney. The production received generally positive reviews, but it failed to catch on with the theater-going public and closed on July 17, 1966 after 129 performances. The musical received three Tony Award nominations, for Best Actor in a Musical (Cassidy), Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael O'Sullivan, playing the main villain), and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Marand). One of the songs from the score, "You've Got Possibilities" (introduced by Lavin), had some success outside the show as a nightclub and cabaret standard. 

Television Highlights:
The Adventures of Superman, the T.V. show (1952–1958), was a live-action television series about the Man of Steel as he fights crime with help from his friends at the Daily Planet. It was the first to bring the comic-book hero to TV. George Reeves played Clark Kent/Superman with Jack Larson as Jimmy Olsen, John Hamilton as Perry White, and Robert Shayne as Inspector Henderson. Phyllis Coates played Lois Lane in the first season with Noel Neill stepping into the role in the second season Its opening theme is known as The Superman March. Episodes of this original series are again on the air Saturday evenings on Me-TV beginning September 6, 2014.

It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman was made into a TV special on February 1, 1975. The show was significantly shortened, the script significantly changed, and the ethnicity of a troupe of evildoers was changed from Chinese acrobats to Mafia-style gangsters. The sound of the musical numbers was updated to a more contemporary 1970s sensibility. The show was broadcast on the ABC network and starred David Wilson as Superman/Clark Kent, Lesley Ann Warren as Lois Lane, Loretta Swit as Sydney Carlton, David Wayne as Dr. Abner Sedgwick, Allen Ludden as Perry White, and Kenneth Mars as Max Mencken. Viewers of this re-make felt that the TV production lacked the energy of the original Broadway show.


Ticket Information

Lakewood's 90-seat Side Door Stage theatre is located in the Community Meeting Room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Tickets are $20 and are available through the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901.

Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.

Click here to Purchase Tickets  | Oct. 24 & 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM, & Sat. Oct. 25 at 2:00 PM. 

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  Ron Daum, Curator/Director


Andrew Bray, Music Director


Spencer Baylis Conway as Superman/Clark Kent

 Chrissy Kelly-Pettit in It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman at Lakewood Theatre Company

Chrissy Kelly-Pettit as Lois Lane

 David Sargent in It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman at Lakewood Theatre Company, Feb 21-22, 2014

David Sargent as Perry White