Poor Superman. The price for being the most iconic of superheroes is that you end up with far, far more hideous adaptations. You may have thought Batman held that title with Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, but he has nothing on Superman, who not only wound up with Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace on his resume, but a musical, too! True Superman fans have probably heard of It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ...It's Superman, but the youngest among them have never seen it. Until now.
Thanks to the Internet, nothing terrible ever dies. The 1975 ABC special of It's a Bird has made its way to Google Video, and is embedded below for your viewing pleasure. Surprisingly, this actually enjoyed some success on Broadway, and even was revived in Los Angeles in 2007, though I'm not sure why. I realize individual opinion is just that, but this is honestly terrible. I don't think it can be ascribed to the thin enthusiasm of the television actors either, because the songs are quite grating, and the characterization of Superman is hardly the shining figure we love so well. But hey, if you love it, more power to you.
I will give it this -- I love the Roy Lichtenstein style backdrops. That's quite clever, particularly when your actors are framed by the stage as much as they would be in a panel. Perhaps Spider-Man: The Musical ought to borrow that and dress it up ...
Hop below the jump for the video. If you can make it through the entire thing, you're tougher than I am.