It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman

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Date(s) - 03/17/2019
12:00 am

JCC Hart Theater


TYKEs partners with Flying by Foy to send Superman up, up and away

TYKEs (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy) continues its 15th season as the second theater in the U.S. to perform the upcoming on-stage production of It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman, a new family-friendly musical based on the original Tony-award-nominated 1966 show of the same name.

In TYKEs’ production, Superman flies up, up and away thanks to a collaborative effort between TYKEs and the company Flying by Foy. Foy is known as a world leader in theatrical flying – enabling Peter Pan to fly in more than 3,000 productions worldwide over the past 60 years, and flying stars from Lucille Ball and Gene Kelly to Sean Connery, David Letterman, Liberace and Carol Burnett. Over the years, Flying by Foy has created the flying effects for more than 50 Broadway shows, including Angels in America, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jesus Christ Superstar, Kiss of the Spider Woman, 9 to 5, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Seussical, Superman, The Who’s Tommy, The Wizard of Oz and Mary Poppins.

TYKEs’ production runs for two weekends only, from March 9 to 17 at the Hart Theater at the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Avenue in Rochester. For the first time in TYKEs’ 15-year history, evening performances are included in addition to their typical matinees. Show dates are:

Saturday, March 9 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $18 ($16 for JCC members) and are available at or by calling 585-461-2000. New for this season, TYKEs’ patrons can select their own seats when they order on-line 24-hours a day.

This family-friendly show about the virtues of the man of steel is recommended for “humans and superheroes ages four to 100.” TYKEs’ founder and director Freyda Schneider comments, “We created this production of Superman for the enjoyment of adults as much as it is for children.” Schneider claims, “I think it’s possible I’m more excited about this show than any other show in our 15-year history. For more than a decade, I’ve wanted TYKEs to bring a bona fide superhero to life on stage 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,” the villain Dr. Abner Sedgwick. Sedgwick is bent on revenge for all the indignities he’s suffered from the scientific community and has vowed to destroy Superman as the world’s symbol of goodness. The score includes the memorable song “You’ve Got Possibilities,” a cabaret favorite that was first sung by Linda Lavin in the original Broadway show.

TYKEs’ show is cleverly directed by Michael Krickmire with the directing assistance of Mary Krickmire, and musical direction by TYKEs’ long-time musician James Schmitt. The cast of 13 all-local adult, professional actors 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 playing the role of 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. Based on the comic book character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. SUPERMAN © & TM DC Comics.

TYKEs’ 15th season culminates with The Pied Piper April 1 to 6, a special program featuring 60 local children. A limited number of performance slots are still available for children ages eight and up.

TYKEs consistently ranks as the #1 Children’s Theatre Company in Rochester by, and one of the top ten places in all of Rochester to bring kids – for the eighth consecutive year. TYKEs also received the Family Favorite award for Best Children’s Theatre Performances by Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine (now ROC Parent).

For a complete listing of TYKEs’ show dates and times, visit