|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 There have been reports that O'Brien and Mitchell have withdrawn from the project.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.
Catch Me If You Can, according to 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."
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.