The recording will reunite Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records founder Kurt Deutsch with Catch Me If You Can lead actors Aaron Tveit and Norbert Leo Butz. Deutsch worked with the two leading men on the albums of Next to Normal and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, respectively. The Catch Me If You Can orchestra will first lay down the music April 4 prior to the April 18 recording session with the actors.
Deutsch expects the album to be released digitally and at the Neil Simon Theatre, where Catch Me If You Can plays, in late May or early June prior to an in-store arrival. Visit Sh-K-Boom.
Based on the DreamWorks film of the same name (and the autobiography by Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan Redding), Catch Me If You Can began previews March 11 at the Neil Simon Theatre and will officially open April 10.
The musical reunites Shaiman (music and lyrics) and Wittman (lyrics) with Tony-winning Hairspray director Jack O'Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who both stage the musical. The musical has a book by Tony Award-winning playwright McNally (Master Class, Ragtime).
In addition to Tveit (Next to Normal, Wicked) as Frank Abagnale, Jr. and Tony Award winner Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Is He Dead?) as FBI Fraud Agent Carl Hanratty, the principal cast features Tom Wopat (Sondheim on Sondheim, Annie Get Your Gun) as Frank Sr., Kerry Butler (Xanadu, Hairspray) as Brenda, Rachel De Benedet (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as Paula Abagnale, Linda Hart (Hairspray) as Carol Strong and Nick Wyman (Tale of Two Cities) as Roger Strong. Catch Me If You Can, according to the producers, "captures the astonishing true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a world-class con artist who passed himself off as a doctor, a lawyer, and a jet pilot — all before the age of 21. With straight-arrow FBI agent Carl Hanratty on Frank's trail, we're off on a jet-setting, cat-and-mouse chase, as a jazzy, swinging-sixties score keeps this adventure in constant motion. In the end, Agent Hanratty learns he and Frank aren't so very different after all, and Frank finds out what happens when love catches up to a man on the run."
Watch a musical preview of the show: