By Adam Hetrick
04 Sep 2011
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Set within the frame of a 1960's television variety show, Catch Me If You Can began previews March 11 and officially opened April 10. It played 32 preview and 170 regular performances. The first national tour will launch in fall 2012 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI.
The slick musical, with a score that ranged from Sinatra-styled swing to R&B, landed on Broadway after an out-of-town try-out in late 2009 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, where Hairspray also played its pre-Broadway tryout.
Based on the DreamWorks film of the same name (and the autobiography by Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan Redding), Catch Me If You Can has a score by Tony winners Shaiman (music/lyrics) and Wittman (lyrics) and a book by Tony winner McNally (Master Class, Ragtime).
Also on board are the original Hairspray creative team, including scenic designer David Rockwell, costume designer William Ivey Long, lighting designer Kenneth Posner and sound designer Steve Kennedy.
|photo by Joan Marcus|
Ghostlight Records released the 17-track original Broadway cast album of Catch Me If You Can June 28.
Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal, Wicked) stars as suave, young con artist Frank Abagnale, who finagles his way to becoming an airline pilot, lawyer and doctor, and journeys across the world in search of fortune and adventure, all while eluding the FBI. Even the Feds ultimately fall for his charms.
Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Is He Dead?) stars as FBI Fraud Agent Carl Hanratty who pursues Abagnale, Jr. and ultimately becomes a sort of father figure to the young fugitive.
The cast also 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 (A Tale of Two Cities) as Roger Strong.
The Catch Me If You Can ensemble includes Joe Cassidy, Timothy McCuen Piggee, Brandon Wardell, Sara Andreas, Alex Ellis, Will Erat, Jennifer Frankel, Lisa Gajda, Bob Gaynor, Kearran Giovanni, Nick Kenkel, Grasan Kingsberry, Michael X. Martin, Aleks Pevec, Kristin Piro, Rachelle Rak, Joe Aaron Reid, Angie Schworer, Sabrina Sloan, Sarrah Strimel, Charlie Sutton, Katie Webber and Candice Marie Woods.
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: