By Adam Hetrick
16 Aug 2009
|Photo by Curt Doughty|
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 July 28.
Broadway theatre and dates have yet to been announced.
Catch Me If You Can reunites much of the Tony-winning creative team from Hairspray, including director Jack O'Brien, choreographer Jerry Mitchell and songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The musical also features a book by Tony winner Terrence McNally (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Ragtime, Master Class). (The 5th Avenue Theatre was also the birthplace of the Tony-winning hit Hairspray.)
The ensemble includes 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 David Alewine.
According to press notes, Catch Me If You Can 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."
The production has scenic design by Tony nominee David Rockwell, costume design by Bob Mackie, lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner, orchestrations by Marc Shaiman and Larry Blank, and music direction by John McDaniel, who leads an on-stage orchestra.