Based on the 2002 Dreamworks film of the same name, Catch Me If You Can — which features a book by Terrence McNally — will run July 23-Aug. 14, the first production of the 2009-2010 season. Tony winner Jack O'Brien directs.
Although official casting has not been announced, Tony nominee Kerry Butler revealed on her official website that she would star as Brenda in the Seattle world premiere. Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and Wicked's Aaron Tveit will also star, according to Variety.
The DreamWorks film told the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), a young compulsive con man and the federal agent (played by Tom Hanks) who pursues him over many years. Christopher Walken played Frank Sr.
The 5th Avenue Theatre engagement marks a return for Shaiman, Wittman, O'Brien and actress Kerry Butler, all of whom enjoyed success there with the premiere of the 2002 musical Hairspray, which proved a Broadway hit.
Following Catch Me If You Can on the 5th Avenue schedule will be Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's biblical vaudeville Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, running Oct. 13-Nov. 1. James Rocco will direct and choreograph. A fresh resident production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas will fill the holiday slot Dec. 1-20.
In the New Year, the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater revival of South Pacific docks, playing Jan. 29-Feb. 18, 2010. Bartlett Sher will re-create his Tony-winning direction for the tour of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Following will be the current national tour of Legally Blonde The Musical, which runs Feb. 23-March 14, 2010.
The season comes to a close with two resident productions: Bill Berry will direct the musical valentine to New York City, On the Town, which features a score by Leonard Bernstein with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. On the Town will run April 13-May 2, 2010. The final offering will be Leonard Bernstein's operetta Candide, running May 25-June 13, 2010. David Armstrong directs the madcap work (based on Voltaire's novel) with lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, John Latouche, Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein.
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