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Superhero

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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging

About the show

Before we can save the world, we have to save each other. A new musical from the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of "Next to Normal" and the Tony Award-winning writer of "Red." More…

"Superhero" centers around a fractured family, the mysterious stranger in apartment 4-B, and the unexpected hero who just might save the day.


Member Reviews (240)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging
75
Avg Score

79
Clever, Entertaining, Contrived, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You want to see a clever original idea even if it’s not fully fleshed out, its a good attempt. Great voices & acting in roles lacking soul.

Don't see it if You’re unwilling to think with your inner child on this one. If you can’t/won’t relate to idea of wanting to be a comic book hero, not 4 U.

Also I liked the idea of this show better than this actual show. The music ... Read more Read less

80
Lovely, Heartfelt, Touching, Realistic, Sad

See it if Teenager whose dad died longs for a new superhero, while his mom tries to get through to him. Realistic and moving. Characters who grow.

Don't see it if You are not in the mood for a story about grieving and taking the next step. The music is a bit simplistic and generic, but it works.

Also I preferred this show to Dear Evan Hansen. Superhero has three well de... Read more Read less

90
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Great voices by the lead trio. Super set. Special effects on target Projections perfect. Lighting the best.Nice bit re: opening see ALSO

Don't see it if Only negative was the ultra powerful A/C on a cold night see ALSO

Also The opening scene is great 5 red hooded folks gave a great semi- dance... Read more Read less

51
Inert, Dull, Slow, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Kate Baldwin (the only saving grace of this flightless musical) soar as a woeful single mom belting Next To Normal rejects.

Don't see it if you expect a superhero musical with any Wham! Pop! Kapow! [This is a tolerable production, but one seriously dull, trite affair.]

Also How did so much talent get so much wrong?!

71
Quirky, Slow, Great singing, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if Baldwin, Pinkham & McArthur sing their hearts out to little avail in this slight drama about loss & redemption Borritt's eyecatching set A+

Don't see it if Despite the high whimsy levels, it's the banal music/lyrics by Kitt that ground this superhero Logan's book & Moore's direction listless

72
Great singing, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you like superheroes mixed with a healthy dose of reality, or you're a fan of Kate Baldwin's or Bryce Pinkham's.

Don't see it if you're expecting something at the level of Next to Normal because of Tom Kitt's involvement.

74
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the second act of a musical that crashes & burns; tho has impressive creative team, shows how hard it is to create the next "dear evan hansen"

See it if very promising 1st act w sensitive acting & affecting singing by Kate Baldwin, Bryce Pinkham & newcomer Kyle McArthur

Don't see it if 2nd act drives superhero theme into ground w emotional but strident/obvious songs; cliched ending: look 2 ourselves not superhero 2 save us

81
Heartfelt, Intimate, Refreshing, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like small, intimate musicals (like Next to Normal) that have original, absorbing, family-driven stories.

Don't see it if You’re expecting the next big Tom Kitt hit. Though enjoyable and touching, this is a minor work that won’t really stick with you.

79
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Quirky

See it if Original musical of a mother forging a connection with her imaginative son. Kate Baldwin soars. Universal "we're all superheroes" fantasy.

Don't see it if Flimsy plot and comic book framed sequences cause distance to what's transpiring on stage. Tries too hard to create flights of fancy.

Also Lyric:"I wish you could save me from this life before I disappear."

83
Nice special effects and lighting, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you like a nicely written musical about what happens to a boy who loses his father. The musical numbers are set very well with good lyrics.

Don't see it if you don't like talk of loss of someone close or like lavish musicals.

Also The second act really advanced the show and is very moving at times. I... Read more Read less

70
Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you are a fan of someone in the cast or like some cliche social commentary about who the real superheros are.

Don't see it if you're expecting good songs, a fresh story, or any show stopping moments. It's watchable, but a total disappointment.

69
Slow, Disappointing, Quirky, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if Great singing, great staging. Interesting premise. Impressive original new musical.

Don't see it if This should really be the mother's story, instead it's the son's story and it falls flat and he gets annoying.

79
Cliched, Banal, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you like comic books, incredible singing,fun sets.Story is predictable & not particularly interesting.But the performances make up for that.

Don't see it if if you want an original story.It's the theme of Next to Normal, Dear Evan Hansen, but nowhere near as moving or important.Still, it's fun.

72
Disappointing, Unrealized potential, Great singing, Monotonous​, Quirky

See it if interested in comic books; fantasy; Tom Kitt writing both music & lyrics; excellent singing & somewhat novel plot.

Don't see it if you're easily bored. Promising first act, but slow, repetitive second act grows tiresome.

Also Kate Baldwin is excellent but deserves better material.

85
Charming and realistic, Combination of “single-mother-with-teen” clichés with sad truths and surprising fantasy, Clever staging and lighting, Earnest performances, Great potential to be even more “super”

See it if a Dear Evan Hansen-meets-Comic Book story blending realism and fantasy appeals; you’re okay with “cutesy” new musicals with realism at core.

Don't see it if “over” teen-related stories on and off Broadway, or you need deep-thinking pieces with shocking drama and/or strongly-written new musicals.

Also While Superhero can be predictable, it has sweetness, charm, a punch o... Read more Read less

85
Unbelieveable, yet i believed, Ambitious, Quirky, Heartfelt

See it if You are raising a teenager, particularly solo, or if you want to get a taste of Tom Kitt's music, or if you just want a change of pace.

Don't see it if you're not ready to suspend some disbelief and enjoy a sweet story well told with interesting projections and effects that held my interest.

Also The real star of the show here is Kyle McArthur as Simon, who had me r... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if You hope to find the superhero in each of us...and love to hear Baldwin and Pinkham at their best

Don't see it if You are a super disbeliever who doesn't want to give new work a chance

69
Great singing, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if enjoy family drama stories told through music

Don't see it if no depth, songs (some good) didn't add much to the story, never fully explained one of the main characters

83
Great staging, Great singing, Quirky, Sweet

See it if you enjoy seeing quirky new musicals in development. Pinkham and Baldwin are increidble and Kyle Mcarthur is one to watch out for!

Don't see it if Has a DEH feel, but story not quite as flushed out and strong. Still needs some work, but great songs and great scenic design.

Also I liked this show. It's not perfect and could benefit from some better... Read more Read less

79
Great special effects and projections, Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you're ready for one more teenage angst story. There are some poignant moments. Cast is terrific.

Don't see it if you're looking for a completely developed story. Some plot elements are not totally resolved.

67
Slow, Great music, Enchanting, Cliched

See it if You like well-scored, predictable musicals without very many surprises. The music was great, the songs were trite to fine, the acting good.

Don't see it if You're looking for anything out of the mold or something that a comic book fan would enjoy. This was a watered-down but pleasant show.

82
Resonant, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if The goods are all there ... just needs a superhero to elevate the material to great. Kate Baldwin and Bryce Pinkham are the heroes.

Don't see it if Looking for a perfect musical.

65
Disappointing, Uneven, Great singing, Great acting, Slow

See it if You are a fan of Tom Kitt's music. You want to see a very contained and mellow musical.

Don't see it if You are expecting a musical that feels rooted in the culture of comic books. Dislike musicals where not much happens.

Also "Well there its for all to see. When you're in danger call on Vee. She... Read more Read less

74
Sweet, Lovely voices, Nicely staged, Cliched lyrics, Could be better

See it if fans of Baldwin &/or Pinkham--both shine in this. Are willing to see something that doesn't quite feel finished but has some lovely moments.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a musical that deals with grief. If you are intolerant of cliched, trite lyrics and songs that are repetitive.

76
Quirky, Great singing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you're into the work of Tom Kitt, or you like Kate Baldwin or Bryce Pinkham. This show could be really good if it shifted its focus on the

Don't see it if mom and the superhero and away from the shitty teenage boy. I hope they keep workshopping it and find the gem that's waiting inside.


February 28th, 2019
"'A misfire. Authors with golden track records for serious work have somehow created a musical so lugubrious and underpowered that it never gets off the ground. The problem is built into the low-stakes, high-whimsy concept...Not even as allegory could the fantastical adventure that swallows the s...
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February 28th, 2019
"A well-meaning, flightless tear-jerker, less cool comic book than Hallmark original...It’s not just that 'Superhero’s' concerns are insistently mundane—it’s that Kitt’s songs fail to strike any new sparks off familiar flint...Ultimately there’s something downright creepy in 'Superhero’s' messagi...
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February 28th, 2019
"Only occasionally rises above the level of pleasant or cute...'Superhero's' biggest problem is that soon after a mildly intriguing opening it becomes one-note and whiny...The songs here are pretty enough, but bland and interchangeable...Director Moore keeps the scenes moving and provides visual ...
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February 28th, 2019
"Kate Baldwin is the true hero here. As Simon’s mother Charlotte, she does a heroic job of making a pedestrian character seem like a loving, hurting human being...One predictable moment after another. Superheroes are all very well and good, but it’s those nerds on the ground — the ones who write ...
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Cast & Creatives (17)