Captain America, the Broadway musical: inside the real-life ’80s stage show homaged in Disney Plus’ Hawkeye

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after watching Disney Plus’ Hawkeye Trailer, fans want to see two things: the Hawkeye TV show, and Rogers: The Musical. The fun omits a little more seemingly that the original Captain America, but it also touches on a real piece of comics history — or almost history. Because in the mid-’80s Marvel Entertainment tried to start a Captain America Broadway show, and even went so far as to call casting.

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That’s right: Marvel’s Sentinel of Liberty was almost singing its own show tune on Broadway.

If you remember Captain America: The First Avenger, you’ll remember Chris Evans-as-Steve-Rogers doing a little song and dancing himself, but that’s a far cry., Distant more.

Captain America: The Broadway Show


Described as “a musical prodigy” in Marvel casting commercials at the time, Captain America also received a write-up in the New York Times—which gives us a hint at the story, which is … interesting.

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“Superheroes, in fact, will not be particularly super when the curtain is lifted. In the book by Mel Mandel and Norman Sachs (who are also responsible for the music and lyrics), Captain A. Going through a mid-life crisis,” New York writes in the April 5, 1985 edition of the Times’ Enid Nemi. “Luckily, the action intensifies – his girlfriend [Sharon Phillips]The presidential candidate was captured by terrorists and taken hostage at the Lincoln Memorial.”

The villain of Captain America Musical was a cosmetics CEO named Jay Peters, who was secretly funding the aforementioned terrorists.

Although a full song list has not been disclosed, some song titles include “Fly the Flag,” “Into the Gym,” “Nobody Asked Me to Lead a Parade This Year,” “Both Ways,” “If I Could Fall”. In Love,” “Marvin Mittleman,” and “The First Presidential.”

Cast of Captain America Broadway Musical

Broadway stage actor John Cullum was cast in the titular role of John Rogers, and Blazing Saddles’ leading man Cliven Little was cast as villainous cosmetics tycoon Jay Peters. It is unclear who was cast to play Sharon Phillips, but both Linda Lavin and Cloris Leachman were being cast for the role at different points.

Both Lavin and Leachman already had some comedic adaptations – Lavin played the Daily Planet secretary in the ’70s Broadway play It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman, and Leachman played the role of the Daily Planet secretary in the ’70s. She played the role of Queen Hippolyta in the Wonder Woman show.

“It’s essentially a love story about a man who has always been strong, independent – even masculine – and a sensitive, outspoken, bright and political woman,” Mandel said on March 27, 1988. Said in The Morning Call article.

Marvel ran casting ads in its comics for a 10- to 14-year-old female actor “who can sing, dance, and act like a stormtrooper.” The character was later given the name ‘Mr.’, and a House of Ideas advertisement for the house called him “his very special friend”.

Why was the curtain never lifted for the Broadway show Captain America?

The Captain America Broadway musical at the time had a budget of $4 million, which is roughly $10 million in 2021 dollars. According to the New York Times, Marvel planned to stage the production “out of town” in the fall of 1985, but brought it to Broadway for the winter holidays.

However that never happened. After a series of one-off performances to raise funds in the New York area was not successful, the Broadway production was well poured into movie fans: “Development Hell.” Marvel and the producers tried for years to get Captain America off Broadway, but by the late ’80s the project was mothballed.

In a coincidental turn of events, Captain America was featured on a Broadway show with a cosmetics executive as the main villain when Marvel was taken over by an investment group owned by an actual cosmetics executive named Ronald Perelman (of Revlon). was acquired. Among other things, Perelman wanted to defray Marvel’s expenses prior to the stock offering — and Captain America’s Broadway ambition was one of those things.

The idea of ​​an ’80s musical about Captain America going through a midlife crisis and a woman running for US President in 1985 sounds appealing, but sadly, no one got to see the full drama.

But maybe… just maybe… we’ll take a detailed look at Rogers: The Musical. Fans got the extended Helmut Zemo dance cut, finally.

While we don’t have Rogers: The Musical, we have best captain america stories of all time.

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