Superspy!: The S-e-c-r-e-t Musical
The New Improved Superspy
premiered in 2014 at Medicine Show, 549 West 52 St., Manhattan,
Fri. Feb. 7 at 8pm; Sat. Feb. 15 at 3pm; Sun. Feb. 23 at 3pm.
Click here for Calendar for New Music notice.
Click here for write-up by Ted Merwin in The Jewish Week.
Additional viewer comments:
"A very clever and extremely entertaining show. Williams and Lehrman take us through a generous collection of very witty songs tied together with a theme that advances this spoof of cold war thrillers. The characters, and there are many, are portrayed with tremendous vigor, in accents and impressions that call to mind the comedy of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, for those who still remember them. The concept may be cold war, but it has been brought right up-to-date about our current politics, with hilarious numbers about drones and the NSA. Great fun and points well taken!"
-- Margery Nathanson
"Everyone who loves hearing beautifully articulated diction and imaginative lyrics, RUSH to SUPERSPY! Helene and Leonard do a marvelous job in this piece. It is a thought-provoking political satire, and while you may not always agree with the points of view, your brain will be constantly activated by this creative couple's imaginative attention to lyrics and composition, reminding one of Noel Coward and Gilbert & Sullivan. Go see it!!!"
"A thoroughly enjoyable, lighthearted musical, musically and vocally very satisfying. There's tremendous energy and no dearth of social consciousness, with up-to-date topicality, as the performers literally wear their many hats."
-- Renée Vera Cafiero
New order of songs (2013-14):
prem. by Helene Williams & composer for US Peace Committee-Paris 7/7/89;
also perf. Nassau Community College Little Theater 2/22/90;
Community Church of Boston 2/25/90 posted on YouTube:
Click here for playlist; individual numbers/scenes:
I Am I-Why Do I Love Him?
We're Right Because We're Right
The Geneticist's Song
The SDI Waltz
Side By Side With Cyanide
Just A Little Favor
A Girl Without Morals
Tell Me, What Is Love?
Superspy - title song
A Cure for Everything
An Upbeat Ending
Chelsea Mansion, E. Norwich (Nassau County Office of Cultural Development) 10/20/90;
and Turtle Bay Music School, sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Opera, 11/17-18/90
"One could call this entertainment a latter-day evening with Tom Lehrer...
performed with enthusiasm"--Bill Zakariasen, NY Daily News, 11/19/90
command performance for Tom Lehrer, Santa Cruz 12/91
Medicine Show, 549 West 52 St., Manhattan, Feb. 7, 15 & 23, 2014
"SDI Waltz" performed at Harvard, 4/89 & videotaped on Strike Reunion tape;
"A Girl Without Morals" performed at Hadassah, 6/88, at Jewish Arts Festival of L.I., 9/3/89
and many other times as part of program The Jewish Woman in Song
also at First International Naturist Opera Workshop, Belezy, France; 7/89
and by Kathryn Wieckhorst, Gershwin Hotel, NYC, 2/19/08
"Tell Me, What Is Love?" expanded version, premiered 12/27/90 Gay Men's Health Crisis, NYC
- on Center for Contemporary Opera Blitzstein program sponsored by "Meet the Composer"
also perf. LICA Songs of Love concert 2/5/95, North Merrick Library;
and by Michele Eaton & Stephanie Watt, LICA concert at Steinway, Huntington, 2/11/11
"Glorious War" revised, 3/6/91, prem. at Tarrytown Music Hall WESPAC Benefit 3/15/91
with Amy Goodman, Pete Seeger, Ramsey Clark and Michio Kaku;
and at Not In Our Name concert, Community Church, Manhattan, 2/15/03
"SDI Waltz" & "Glorious War" (rev.) recorded by Helene Williams & composer on
Songs of Conscience cassette 3/91 & CD 6/03
and perf. on Composers Concordance concerts, CAMI Hall & C.W.Post College, 2/92
"We're Right Because We're Right," "Drones," and "Morals" performed
10/8/13 at Wyandanch church David Rovics concert
Excerpt performances posted on YouTube:
"SDI Waltz" Merkin Hall, June 23, 1991
"Superspy!" Kutsher's Lehrman Family Cabaret, June 18, 2011
"Drones" Northeast Naturist Festival, Aug. 3, 2012
"Tell Me, What Is Love?" in Songs of Love, Rockville Centre, May 24, 2013 and at Midwinter Naturist Festival, Feb. 14, 2016
"Terror Tour" & "Happy Hackers" Northeast Naturist Festival, Aug. 1, 2013