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Super Sidekick: The Musical

by Gregory Crafts and Michael Gordon Shapiro

“…blissfully funny. A TYA treat worth taking a chance on.”
The Columbus Dispatch

One of the best new TYA musicals for families!

“If you’re looking for a fast-paced, bold and bright TYA musical that’s chock full of witty humor, colorful characters, and an upbeat catchy score, then Super Sidekick: The Musical is the perfect choice for your entire family.”

Christina Mancuso

Critic, Broadway World

“If you’re looking for a fast-paced, bold and bright TYA musical that’s chock full of witty humor, colorful characters, and an upbeat catchy score, then Super Sidekick: The Musical is the perfect choice for your entire family.”

Christina Mancuso

Critic, Broadway World

“If you’re looking for a fast-paced, bold and bright TYA musical that’s chock full of witty humor, colorful characters, and an upbeat catchy score, then Super Sidekick: The Musical is the perfect choice for your entire family.”

Christina Mancuso

Critic, Broadway World

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Super Sidekick is a fun, super-charged chidren’s theatre adventure that’s sure to keep your kid engaged, and probably you as well. That is, unless you’re a Slurm.”

Matt Roberson

Critic, NYTheatre.com

Super Sidekick is a fun, super-charged chidren’s theatre adventure that’s sure to keep your kid engaged, and probably you as well. That is, unless you’re a Slurm.”

Matt Roberson

Critic, NYTheatre.com

The Show

Action! Adventure! Romance! Ninja Koalas! There’s all this and more in Super Sidekick, the brand new TYA musical from rising L.A. playwright Gregory Crafts and composer Michael Gordon Shapiro, published by Concord Theatricals.

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 children’s theatre project for thespians of all ages.

Genre: Children’s Musical / TYA Musical, Comedy, Fantasy
Run Time: Approx. 60 minutes
Cast: 3 Male, 1 Female, 2-4 Either

Note on Casting: This show can be cast flexibly, either by reducing/doubling or expanding the ensemble. Suitable for companies of all sizes.

“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!”

Eva Heinemann

Critic, Hi! Drama

“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!”

Eva Heinemann

Critic, Hi! Drama

“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!”

Linnea Covington

Critic, The Happiest Medium

“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!”

Linnea Covington

Critic, The Happiest Medium

Meet the Creative Team

Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts

Librettist

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, he decided to study acting instead. In 2006, Gregory began writing the story that would become Super Sidekick as a gift for his then yet-to-be-born nephew, Brody. Working on this script changed Greg’s life, as he got to know the girl of his dreams at the play’s first reading. That girl, Jenn, became his best friend and later his wife, proving that you can live happily ever after. For more information about L.A. Theatre, trying to break into “the business” or what it is to be a fanatical follower of the Boston Red Sox, Gregory recommends you check out his website, GregoryCrafts.com.
MichaEl Gordon Shapiro

MichaEl Gordon Shapiro

Composer & Lyricist

Michael Gordon Shapiro writes music for film, television, the concert hall, live theater… really, anyone with a checkbook or convincing-looking IOU. He’s scored nine feature films including Home Room (starring Erika Christensen, Busy Phillips, and Victor Garber) and Against Time (starring Ean Merig, Robert Loggia, and Craig T. Nelson). His video game work includes music for Star Trek: Conquest, and Empire Earth 2 and 3. In addition to his work on Super Sidekick, he’s written a slew of award-winning, internationally produced miniature musicals which have recently been compiled into an anthology called A Feast of Snacks. His favorite super-hero, other than Inky, is Joss Whedon’s interpretation of Colossus. Visit Michael on the web at MikeMusic.com.

“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.”

Matt Roberson

Critic, NYTheatre.com

“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.”

Matt Roberson

Critic, NYTheatre.com

Production History

Staged Reading

The first staged reading of Super Sidekick the play was mounted at Write Act Repertory, in Hollywood, CA, on October 9th, 2006.

World Premiere

Super Sidekick: The Musical premiered at The Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood on July 18th, 2010. The show was produced by Theatre Unleashed and directed by Jenn Scuderi Crafts.

Hollywood Fringe 2011

Super Sidekick: The Musical was a part of the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Produced by Theatre Unleashed, the show was mounted at the Actors Circle Theatre in West Hollywood.

Best of Hollywood Fringe 2011

Super Sidekick: The Musical an Official Selection of the Best of Hollywood Fringe 2011. Their Encore run was produced by Theatre Unleahsed and Combined Artform, and ran at Theatre Asylum.

FringeNYC 2012

Super Sidekick: The Musical was a part of FringeJr at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), running at The SoHo Playhouse.

FringeNYC 2012 Encore Series

Super Sidekick: The Musical was the first FringeJr show to be awarded a prestigious invitation to the Fringe Encore series at The SoHo Playhouse.

Two Roads Educational Arts and Theater

Super Sidekick: The Musical was produced by the Two Roads Educational Arts and Theater at The Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in April 2013.

The Treehouse Troupe Tour

The first touring production of Super Sidekick: The Musical was presented by Bowling Green State University’s Treehouse Troupe in Fall 2013.

The Eastside Story Guild Youth Program

The Eastside Story Guild Youth Program presented the first international production of Super Sidekick: The Musical at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in July 2014.

Saginaw Valley State University Regional Tour

In Fall 2014 Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan became the second University to mount a touring production of Super Sidekick: The Musical.

Columbus Children's Theatre

Super Sidekick: The Musical returned to Ohio in October 2014. This time, the show went up in Columbus at the Columbus Children’s Theatre.

Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy

Super Sidekick: The Musical premiered in Kansas at Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy in April 2015. The production went on to win 3 awards.

Alberta High School Drama Festival

Students from St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School brought Super Sidekick: The Musical to the Alberta High School Drama Festival in Canada in May 2016. They won four awards and an honourable mention!

Millikin University at the Albert Taylor Theatre

In October 2016, The Golden K Kiwanis of Decatur, IL sponsored a Millikin University production of Super Sidekick: The Musical at the Albert Taylor Theatre.

Tahquitz High School

In April 2017, Super Sidekick: The Musical returned to Southern California with a production at Tahquitz High School in Hemet.

Neosho High School

In November 2017, Super Sidekick: The Musical premiered in Missouri at Neosho High School.

Summit School

Super Sidekick: The Musical premiered in North Carolina at Summit School in November 2017.
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“Highly recommended as the surprise TYA standout of the year for all ages.”

Christina Mancuso

Critic, Broadway World

Giving Back

The Australian Koala Foundation, charitable beneficiary of Super Sidekick: The Musical

The Australia Koala (inspiration for our own Ninja Koalas) is an endangered species. The team behind Super Sidekick: The Musical wants to change that by doing whatever we can to help them flourish again.

To that end, Greg and Mike have pledged to donate a portion of the royalties earned from all licensed productions of Super Sidekick: The Musical to the Australian Koala Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and preserving the Australian Koala.

Furthermore, Greg and Mike will have a eucalyptus tree planted in Harrold’s Forrest, a Koala preserve, in honor of each company that mounts a production of Super Sidekick: The Musical. To date, there have been sixteen trees planted in Harrold’s Forest in honor of companies producing the show. Will your group be next?

Giving Back

The Australian Koala Foundation, charitable beneficiary of Super Sidekick: The Musical

The Australia Koala (inspiration for our own Ninja Koalas) is an endangered species. The team behind Super Sidekick: The Musical wants to change that by doing whatever we can to help them flourish again.

To that end, Greg and Mike have pledged to donate a portion of the royalties earned from all licensed productions of Super Sidekick: The Musical to the Australian Koala Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and preserving the Australian Koala.

Furthermore, Greg and Mike will have a eucalyptus tree planted in Harrold’s Forrest, a Koala preserve, in honor of each company that mounts a production of Super Sidekick: The Musical. To date, there have been sixteen trees planted in Harrold’s Forest in honor of companies producing the show. Will your group be next?

“…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 piqued, too!”

Matt Roberson

Critic, NYTheatre.com

“…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 piqued, too!”

Matt Roberson

Critic, NYTheatre.com

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