Super Sidekick: The Musical

by  Michael Gordon Shapiro, Gregory Crafts

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  3m, 1f, 3m or f

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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Super Sidekick: The Musical
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f, 3m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

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

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

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.

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Accolades

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

Reviews


REVIEWS:

"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

 

FROM ARTISTIC DIRECTORS:

"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

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • 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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: 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.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Small

Song Samples

Blackjack!
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If I Were a Hero Too
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Inky and the Princess
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Slurm's Soliloquy
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The Final Encounter
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Casting

3m, 1f, 3m or f
NARRATOR
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
MONSTERS
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Cast Attributes

  • 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)

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Full Package

1 Piano/Conductor Score
5 Piano/Vocal Books

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Bass
Drums

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Authors

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 lattermos ...

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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 Sidek ...

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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.

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