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June 13, 2007: Review - Superman Musical at Drury Lane Theatre

Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois (less than 30 minutes from downtown Chicago) is currently putting on the stage musical, "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman!". Superman jumps off the pages of a comic book to sing, dance and fly his way into your hearts. From dodging the advances of Lois Lane to defending the city of Metropolis from a mad scientist, there is no rest for the Man of Steel. The 1966 broadway musical is brought to life by director William Osetek, between May 31 and July 29. Superman Homepage reporter Barry Freiman attended the production and files this report/review of the night...

    Review of "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman" at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

    By Barry Freiman

    If you live in or near the Chicago area, or will be visiting this summer, you could do a lot worse than spending an evening in the Chicago suburbs with a singing Superman and his dancing damsel in distress, Lois (La-La-La) Lane.

    "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman" (hereafter "Superman"), based on the 1966 Broadway musical, is currently being staged at the Drury Lane Theatre, in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois (only about a 30 minute drive out of the Second City). Though it's billed as a dinner theater, thankfully dinner takes place before the play starts, in a separate dining area, and the theater is an actual theater with seats, not tables in the round with wait-staff interrupting the fun.

    "Superman" is a musical comedy that ran for a short time at the Alvin Theater in New York's Broadway theater district in the Spring and Summer of 1966. Though the production received mainly favorable notices - including by the New York Times - it never took off with audiences as many theater-goers expected the type of campy zaniness that was, at that time, taking the country by storm with the "Batman" live-action television show and the first round of "Bat-mania". Unlike "Batman", the story wasn't pop-camp but more genuine comedy with a pop psychology bent and a witty musical score.

Click here to read Barry's full review.

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