Theatre Young Kids Enjoy will continue its 15th season with “It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Superman,” a family-friendly musical based on the original Tony Award-nominated 1966 show of the same name.
In this production, Superman flies up, up and away through a collaborative effort between TYKEs and Flying by Foy.
“We created this production of ‘Superman’ for the enjoyment of adults as much as it is for children,” TYKEs founder and director Freyda Schneider said. “For more than a decade, I’ve wanted TYKEs to bring a bona fide superhero to life onstage for a classic, iconic battle of good versus evil. I’m so honored and proud for TYKEs to be only the second theater in the whole nation granted permission to mount this production.”
The musical follows Superman’s attempt to defeat a vengeful scientist and 13-time Nobel Prize loser, Dr. Abner Sedgwick. Sedgwick is bent on revenge for the indignities he’s suffered from the scientific community, and vows to destroy Superman as the world’s symbol of goodness.
Michael Krickmire directs the TYKEs show with the directing assistance of Mary Krickmire and musical direction by James Schmitt. The 13-member cast includes Nick Winger as Superman, Lauren MacDonough as Lois Lane, Drew Jensen as Dr. Sedgwick, acrobatic dancer Andreas Woerner as the Lead Bandit and Kara DePorter as Sydney, the Daily Planet secretary.
“It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Superman” is composed by Charles Strouse, with lyrics by Lee Adams, and book by David Newman and Robert Benton.
The show is set to run at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on March 9 and 16; 2 p.m. on March 10; 7 p.m. on March 14; and 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on March 17 in the Hart Theater at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton.
Tickets cost $18, or $16 for JCC members. Call (585) 461-2000 or visit tykestheatre.org for information.
The season will end with “The Pied Piper” on April 1-6.