Sure, we now live in a world awash with tons of multi-media versions of the famed superheroes, from big-screen films, TV shows, video games, and even musicals! But--didja know that a sensational Superman musical was mounted during the dizzying era of the 1966 BATMAN TV show? An ambitious Broadway play called IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, IT'S SUPERMAN made waves during that "pop art" period, and it featured a host of great actors/singers involved in a high-camp extravaganza that looked to ride the coattails of the unbelievably popular live-action capers of his fellow Caped Crusader! The Supes show was re-staged in 1975, and ran as a late-night filler, starring David Wilson as the Man of Steel! Click below to take in all of the info about both the Broadway show and the TV version!
|Like most large plays and musicals, the Playbill guide for this show was gayly festooned with caricatures by the |
amazing Al Hirschfeld! Note that the play co-starred Jack Cassidy (David Cassidy's dad), and Linda Lavin (later to helm ALICE for CBS)!
The above comes from the rare 1973 DC tabloid, AMAZING WORLD OF SUPERMAN!
|I somehow missed all of this in 1975, only mere months before the debut (also on ABC) of two|
new WONDER WOMAN live-action specials! Could it have been the late
hour in which ABC had slotted this presentation? This TV version also starred
David Wayne ("The Mad Hatter" from BATMAN), and Loretta Swit (from M.A.S.H.)!
You asked for it--here it is! See the 1975 broadcast of this little gem now! Just click here!