Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit, Kerry Butler and Tom Wopat Set for Broadway's Catch Me If You Can
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit and Tony Award nominees Tom Wopat and Kerry Butler will reprise their roles in the Broadway production of the new musical Catch Me If You Can.
The four leading actors originated their respective roles in the 2009 engagement of Catch Me If You Can at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre. Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Is He Dead?) will star as FBI Fraud Agent Carl Hanratty, with Tveit (Next to Normal, Wicked) as suave con artist Frank Abagnale, Wopat (Sondheim on Sondheim, Annie Get Your Gun) as Frank Sr. and Butler (Xanadu, Hairspray) as Brenda.
Also returning from the 5th Avenue run will be Rachel De Benedet (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as Paula Abagnale, Linda Hart (Hairspray) as Carol Strong and Nick Wyman (Tale of Two Cities) as Roger Strong.
The Catch Me If You Can ensemble will include Joe Cassidy, Timothy McCuen Piggee, Brandon Wardell, Jennifer Frankel, Lisa Gajda, Bob Gaynor, Kearran Giovanni, Nick Kenkel, Grasan Kingsberry, Aleks Pevec, Kristin Piro, Rachelle Rak, Joe Aaron Reid, Angie Schworer, Sabrina Sloan, Sarrah Strimel and Katie Webber.
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). Hairspray director Jack O'Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell will stage the musical.
Margo Lion and Hal Luftig are lead producers of the Broadway show that will arrive at the Neil Simon Theatre March 7, 2011, prior to an April 10, 2011, Broadway opening.
The Broadway production will have scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting by Kenneth Posner and sound design by Steve Kennedy. Rockwell and Posner were both represented in the 5th Avenue bow. Long replaces costume designer Bob Mackie.
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."
Tickets for Catch Me If You Can are exclusively available to American Express card holders beginning Nov. 10 and will go on sale to the general public Nov. 28. Phone (877) 250-2929 or visit Ticketmaster.
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