SUPERHEROES AREN’T the only things zipping around in “Brooklynite.” In-jokes also fly in this new musical set in the outer borough. Zingers blast away at the gamey Gowanus Canal, too-cool co-ops and the headache-generating G train.
It makes for the musical-theater equivalent of locavore dining — and that’s fun. Ditto the energetic cast. If only the show exerted a superpowerful magnetic field. But no.
The score by Off-Broadway rookie Peter Lerman is bright and bouncy but seldom grabs. Lerman’s script, co-written with the show’s director Michael Mayer, is so fluffy that there’s nothing at stake. The mind wanders. Fortunately there’s lots to look at on the versatile set packed with cutouts of Brooklyn landmarks, such as the Wonder Wheel in Coney Island.
Based on characters created by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, the dense plot follows nerdy hardware-store clerk Trey (Matt Doyle). He yearns to be more than a mere mortal, just like his dreamgirl, Astrolass (Nicolette Robinson).
She and her crew of crime-fighters morphed after an asteroid crashed releasing the mineral that provides the play’s title. Along with the fiery El Fuego (Andrew Call), splashy Blue Nixie (Grace McLean) and speedy Kid Comet (Gerard Canonico), she’s made Brooklyn the safest place on Earth.
Mayer, who won a Tony for staging “Spring Awakening,” and choreographer Steven Hoggett do their best to keep things moving as things change drastically when Avenging Angelo (Nick Cordero, of “Bullets Over Broadway”), another hero, turns out to have a dark side. Eeks! What will happen? You’d have to be a superdummy not to know.