Butz, Tveit, Wopat, Butler, Hart, deBenedet to Star in Catch Me If You Can Premiere

By Andrew Gans
12 Mar 2009

Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz

Complete casting has been announced for the new Scott Wittman-Marc Shaiman-Terrence McNally musical Catch Me If You Can, which will make its world premiere this summer at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.

Directed by Jack O'Brien with choreography by Jerry Mitchell, the new musical based on the DreamWorks film of the same name and the autobiography by Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan Redding will play the Seattle venue July 23-Aug. 16.

The cast will be headed by Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz as FBI Fraud Agent Carl Hanratty, Aaron Tveit as Frank, Tom Wopat as Frank Sr., Kerry Butler as Brenda, Linda Hart as Carol, Rachel deBenedet as Paula and Nick Wyman as Roger.

The ensemble will comprise Matt Wolfe, Timothy Piggee, Tod Branton, Clarke Thorell, Brandon Wardell, Angie Schworer, Romelda Benjamin, Anastica McClesky, Taryn Darr, Shanna Palmer, Jillana Laufner, Kyle Vaughn, Mo Brady, Jason Kappus, Karl Warden, Nikki Long and Joey Pizzi.



Catch Me If You Can was penned by Terrence McNally (book), Marc Shaiman (music) and Shaiman and Scott Wittman (lyrics). The musical, according to press notes, "is the unbelievable yet true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a sexy young con artist who posed, and was employed, as a doctor, lawyer and Pan Am pilot all before he was 21. Carl Hanratty, a middle-aged bored FBI agent, comes alive when assigned to catch this charming swindler whose check-forging skills have netted him more than $2.8 million. The battle of wills intensifies as they become curious about one another and begin to question what they're each chasing in their own lives."

In a statement Shaiman said, "Scott, myself and the entire team are absolutely over the moon about the cast for Catch Me If You Can. That performers of this caliber have agreed to set up home in Seattle for the summer to take on these roles makes us very proud and excited."

The production will feature scenic design by Tony nominee David Rockwell, costume design by Bob Mackie, lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner and music direction by John McDaniel.

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.

Subscriptions for the 5th Avenue season are available by calling (206) 625-1900 or by visiting www.5thavenue.org.