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Super Sidekick: The Musical - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Super Sidekick: The Musical

Michael Gordon Shapiro, Gregory Crafts

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

3m, 1f, 3m or f

ISBN: 9780573700965

Book by Gregory Crafts
Music and Lyrics by Michel Gordon Shapiro

When famous superhero Blackjack the Bold is kidnapped by an evil sorcerer, it's up to his assistant Inky to step up and save the day!

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Full Length Musical


Adventure, Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales, Science Fiction, Romantic Comedy

60 minutes (1 hour)

Settings Of Play - The Kingdom, a timeless and magical land full of gregarious super heroes, clever princesses, dastardly villains wielding mad inventions and hungry marsupials trained in martial arts. Bold, bright and colorful. Picture a mash-up of classic high fantasy and modern comic book styles, with a dash of steampunk thrown in for good measure and let your imagination run wild.


Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Fantasy Costumes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)


Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Winner! 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Best of Fringe
Official Selection! 2010 Festival of New American Musicals
Official Selection! 2012 New York International Fringe Festival

When famous superhero Blackjack the Bold is kidnapped by an evil sorcerer, it's up to his assistant Inky to step up and save the day! Little does he know that he'll also have to contend with Ninja Koalas, dark caves, secret weapons, and an abducted princess who's considerably braver than he is. Colorful characters, witty humor, and an upbeat catchy score make Super Sidekick: The Musical a treat for young audiences, and an engaging project for thespians of all ages.


"Highly recommended as the surprise standout of the year for all ages." - Broadway World

"At an hour long, Super Sidekick is a quick moving, no frills adventure kids are sure to enjoy.  And for the big people that brought them, there are well-rounded performances, a couple of solid gags, and expertly crafted lyrics to keep their interest peaked, too... Gregory Crafts' book is funny and clear, providing a good foundation for Michael Gordon Shapiro's brilliant lyrics, which get more impressive the closer one listens."NYTheatre.com

"...blissfully funny. A treat worth taking a chance on." - The Columbus Dispatch

"...perfect for small children, with audience participation, a perfect hour run-time and catchy musical numbers" - L.A. Theatre Review

"Critics' Pick" - New York Magazine

"The team behind Super Sidekick:The Musical have perfected the art of live-action cartoon... even as a grown-up I found it humorous, saucy, and a lot of fun!" - The Happiest Medium

"Not only is the story delightful but the lyrics are too... When I went the audience was filled with grown-ups who acted like kids in their total enjoyment of the piece and the actual kids that were there had an even better time." - Hi! Drama



"What we really loved about this show is that the sidekick is the hero in the end. It tells a story of friendship, loyalty, being brave and facing your fears. It also has action, adventure, hilarious moments and touching moments. The music is beautifully written and adds the perfect touch to the script itself. We just couldn’t pass this one up. Plus, there are ninja koalas! Who can say no to that?"  - Bethany Dunham, Education Director, Topeka Civic Theatre

"Our schools are always demanding a musical option for the tour, and it's hard to find one that is age-appropriate, time-appropriate, AND artistically excellent. Needless to say, I was incredibly pleased when I found Super Sidekick." - Aimee S. Reid, Artistic Director of the Treehouse Troupe

"I was first drawn to Super Sidekick:The Musical because the show could be done with minimal set and flexible casting. When you are working on a small budget and with teens who fluctuate in regards to their involvement, having a show that was flexible was very important. But after reading a sample of the show, I loved the heart-warming story, how it made me laugh and all the nerdy inside jokes. I knew the teens would love the score and they literally would be sing the songs one their lunch break and before and after rehearsal. They couldn't get enough of the songs and they really resonated with the heart of the show." - Larisse Campbell, Artistic Director of the Eastside Story Guild Youth Program


Super Sidekick: A Big-Hearted Adventure for the Whole Family 
by Courtney Kochuba 
January 18, 2017

Super Sidekick:The Musical premiered at the Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood, CA on July 18, 2010 as part of the 3rd Annual LA Festival of New American Musicals, produced by Theatre Unleashed. It opened in New York City at the SoHo Playhouse as part of the New York International Fringe Festival in 2012, produced by ArtEffects Theatre Company and Theatre Unleashed.



3m, 1f, 3m or f


Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Roles for Children, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)



INKY - Sidekick to Blackjack the Bold
BLACKJACK the BOLD - The greatest hero in The Kingdom
FOUR CITIZENS - including MR. SMITH and MRS. APPLEBAUM - Proud denizens of The Kingdom
QUEEN - Ruler of The Kingdom
PRINCESS PENELOPE - Daughter of The Queen
SORCERER SLURM - Super Villain
NINJA KOALAS - Slurm's Hench-bears
Rental Materials




Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock



1 Piano/Conductor Score
5 Piano/Vocal Books


Instrumental Tracks
Demo Recording Audio Tracks
Song Samples


If I Were a Hero Too

Inky and the Princess

Slurm's Soliloquy

The Final Encounter

Michael Gordon Shapiro

Michael Gordon Shapiro

Michael Gordon Shapiro's musical career began when a kindly aunt noticed him figuring out Beatles tunes by ear and insisted that he be given a piano. Several decades and far too few piano lessons later, his career includes scores for film, television, video games, the concert hall, and musical theatre. On the lattermost front, he is composer and lyricist for Super Sidekick: The Musical, and author ... view full profile

Gregory  Crafts

Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts grew up wanting to be a Ninja Koala. However, because he thought his parents would frown upon a career choice that involved him working as a hench-bear for an evil sorcerer (ninja skills or not), he decided to study acting instead. In 2006, Mr. Crafts began writing the story that would become Super Sidekick (published by Samuel French) as a gift for his then yet-to-be-born nephew, ... view full profile

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