Bob Holiday, Broadway's First Superman
Bob Holiday, 1950s

For the next few weeks, we'll be highlighting Bob Holiday's early career.
You'll love seeing how Bob broke into show business, honing his skills and preparing for the day when he became Superman!
This week, learn about Bob's brush with history in Dallas, TX.

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Bob Holiday's Publicity Portfolio
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The First Superman
On Broadway

In 1966, a tall, dark and handsome man named Bob Holiday brought new dimension to the Superman mythos. In previous incarnations, when played by Kirk Alyn and George Reeves, Superman had proven to be strong and solid. Bob Holiday maintained this tradition and added a few new touches in his portrayal of of Superman in "It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman©".

First, and most obvious, Superman flew in real time. There was no chance for a second take, so Bob had to be physically powerful, flexing his muscles on cue and maintaining a Super-posture as he soared on and off the stage. Original Cast Album

Second, Bob Holiday was the first singing Superman. The original cast album by Sony Broadway, still available today, proves to a new generation that Superman could sing, sounding every bit as masculine as Superman must.

Finally, musical comedy required a Superman who could strike precisely the right balance, bringing humor to the role, yet maintaining the dignity of Superman. Bob Holiday was exactly the right man to hit that balance, creating a strong, serious Superman who still managed to bring hundreds of smiles to theatre goers.

After leaving show business, Bob Holiday became a successful home builder in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. His beautiful custom homes grace the Lake Wallenpaupack area, standing as tributes to the man who always lived up to the role he once had the privilege to play: Superman.

Bob left this world for the next on January 27, 2017. Family and friends continue to mourn his loss. RIP, Bob Holiday. We'll never forget you.

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