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What Did the Critics Say?
~Take TWO~

Did You Know? ...
"It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman" Made Quite a Splash in 1966?

Out of the hundreds of plays on Broadway staged for the 1965-66 season, only ten were chosen to be included in The Burns Mantle Yearbook, The Best Plays of 1965-1966 (edited by Otis L. Guernsey, Jr.). One of these was "It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman"! With accolades like this, it will always remain a mystery why the show closed after only 129 performances.

Critics loved "It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman". Not only that, but the true star of the show, Bob Holiday in his dual role as Superman and Clark Kent, has remained a beloved icon to fans even now, over fifty years later. He was that good! He was, in every fiber of his being, Superman. And we, the hundreds of kids who saw him on stage, still remember him today. He has had a lasting impact on our lives.

"What do a bunch of star-struck kids know?" you ask. Probably the same thing that Otis L. Guernsey, Jr. and Newsweek magazine knew! Reproduced for you today is an article from the April 11, 1966 issue of Newsweek. Enjoy!

Cover of Best Plays 1965-66
Newsweek Review
Photos Courtesy of Brian McKernan, Toni Collins, and the Estate of Bob Holiday
Text © 1966, Newsweek Magazine
Additional Text © 2016, 2019 Toni Collins
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