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The Day After Opening Night

The AP Announced the Success of "It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman" to the world!

The Associated Press did its usual fine job of documenting Opening Night for Broadway shows. On March 30, 1966, the AP made sure that the world knew about "It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman"—running this fun photo with the show's two stars! And we do mean "the world"! This very photo appeared in the Italian magazine Incum Illustrata on April 24, 1966.
Superman and Lois Lane show off for the cameras.

The cast of "It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman" made themselves available to the press backstage after the show. Superman (Bob Holiday) and Lois Lane (Patricia Marand) struck a pose to demonstrate Superman's other-worldly strength.

In his book Superman on Broadway, co-authored with Chuck Harter, Bob commented on this photo:

I was amazed when I saw this photo in the Italian magazine. Our show was only seen in New York, and here was its coverage in Europe. It reminded me of the world-wide appeal of Superman.
With our stage make up on, Patricia and I looked like burlesque performers. ... I always felt that we complimented each other. She was a doll!
Photos courtesy the Estate of Bob Holiday
©1966 Associated Press, ©2003 Bob Holiday and Chuck Harter
and ©2019 Toni Collins
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