By Adam Hetrick
29 Sep 2010
|Photo by Aubrey Reuben|
Producers previously announced that Catch Me If You Can would play a Nederlander house, leading theatre insiders to speculate whether it would book the Neil Simon (where Hairspray played a seven-year run). The new musical, directed by Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, will officially open April 10, 2011.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies, was previously announced to play the Neil Simon. O'Brien and Mitchell were also previously announced to stage the Broadway production of Love Never Dies, which is currently running in London. There have been reports that O'Brien and Mitchell have withdrawn from the project.
Hairspray songwriters Shaiman and Wittman penned the score to Catch Me If You Can, based on the DreamWorks film of the same name (and the autobiography by Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan Redding). Margo Lion and Hal Luftig are lead producers of the Broadway show.
The musical was seen in an earlier incarnation in late 2009 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, where Hairspray also played its pre-Broadway tryout. The Seattle premiere cast of Catch Me If You Can featured 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, Nick Wyman as Roger and Felicia Finley as Cherll Ann.
The premiere had 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 led an on-stage orchestra.
Casting and an on-sale ticket date will be announced shortly.