The Adventures of Mighty Man
Book by Alan David Perkins and Michael H. Perkins
Lyrics by Alan David Perkins
Music by Charles Pizer
Copyright © 1989
Full-length musical comedy.
At the once-noble Bottoms Lab, biochemist Sheldon and his twin lab
assistants, Millard and Mildred, feverishly labor for the beautiful but vain
Betty Bottoms - inheritor of the lab. When a lab experiment goes wrong,
Sheldon transforms into a superhero, or so he thinks. He instantly insists
on using his powers to do good, but has no idea of the extent of these
Meanwhile, rich and powerful business conglomerate Clayton Smee notices
the antics of this new hero (who calls himself Mighty Man) and has reason to
believe he is a product of Bottoms Lab. He attempts to woo Betty into
selling her lab but settles to blow her up instead. It's up to Mighty Man to
save the day.
Clayton enlists the aid of his top scientist, Dr. Simon Hexter, and his
monster, Gerg, to capture Betty to use as bait to trap Mighty Man.
Will Clayton Smee capture Mighty Man? Will Mildred (AND Millard) ever
declare their love to Sheldon? Will Gerg get the girl? Will Dr. Hexter find
Mighty Man's secret? Will Smee use Mighty Man's secret to manufacture his
own personal army and take over the world? And most importantly, will there
be a sequel?
SHELDON - Male, early to mid 30's. A mild-mannered, nerdy biochemist and
genetic engineer who is also Mighty Man, an idealistic super-hero with an
overabundance of bravado.
MILDRED - Female, 20's. Very smart and practical and is in love with
Sheldon. Twin sister to Millard.
MILLARD - Male, 20's. Very smart with natural cynicism. Like his twin
sister, Mildred, he is in love with Sheldon.
BETTY BOTTOMS - Female, 30's. Beautiful, selfish and vain.
CLAYTON SMEE - Male, 40's. Rich and powerful businessman who accepts his
role as the perennial bad-guy.
DR. SIMON HEXTER - Male, 40's. An evil scientist who works for Clayton Smee.
He speaks with a fake German accent.
GERG - Male. A gargoyle-like beast.
MEREDITH - Male, 30's, but can look younger. Informant.
120 - 130 minutes.
Necessary for production are two main sets. The first is Bottoms Labs. The
lab should be a modest and cluttered room. Center should be a large work
table with lots of lab stuff. Surrounding the room is an array of shelves
and tables, all liberally littered with more lab stuff. There should be
visible a picture window, door and coat rack. This lab can double for Smee
Labs, which should look similar.
The second necessary set is that of an office, which can double as the
offices of Betty Bottoms and Clayton Smee. The office should contain a
window and a break-away wall.
The play is in two acts, with each act divided into multiple scenes.
Well, this is it -- my first play. I was on a trip with my brother and I
had just finished writing a prior project when it was suggested that I write
a play. I'd never thought about it, but I was willing. So, my brother and I
put our heads together and tried to come up with the silliest, most
contrived story we could think of. We came up with the "nerdy
biochemist has an accident and becomes a superhero" scenario and the
rest, as they say, is history.
This one took a while and a lot of polish. As a matter of fact, it's been
scored twice. My brother, who is an accomplished blues guitarist, came up
with the first score. Though some of the songs were quite inspired, most
were forced. It wasn't until AFTER The Virus was scored that Charlie
Pizer stepped in and scored Mighty Man within a couple of weeks! God
This inspiration for
Mighty Man came from so many places. Aside
for the obvious influences of shows like Little Shop of Horrors and
Rocky Horror Show, there was the comic book
The Tick (years
before the cartoon) and Roger Ramjet. Ironically, seven years after
completing Mighty Man I produced
It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's
Superman for the Parkside Players and saw some similarities -- but only
CONTACTING THE PLAYWRIGHT:
The entire script and sketch score of
The Adventures of Mighty Man is
available upon request from the playwright.
No production of this play can take place without permission from the