Catch Me If You Can Musical to Premiere in Seattle in Summer 2009

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The Broadway-bound musical Catch Me If You Can — based on the 2002 DreamWorks film of the same name — will have its premiere in Seattle this coming summer.

Marc Shaiman
Marc Shaiman

"We're doing it at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle," the show's composer, Marc Shaiman, told "The Fifth Avenue is actually co-producing it. I believe it's their first venture into becoming a regional theatre, not just a landlord to touring productions. We had such a lovely experience there with Hairspray, it sure sounded good to us."

Shaiman said the long-aborning show would play during summer 2009, with dates to be determined.

Jack O'Brien will direct. As to the cast, Shaiman said, "I can't say yet, but I hope many of the people who have been in it over the years will be in it."

Nathan Lane and Christian Borle starred in a July 2007 reading of the new musical. Lane also starred in an August 2006 reading of Catch Me If You Can.

A fall 2005 reading featured Matthew Morrison at Frank Abagnale, Jr.; Lane as Hanratty; Tom Wopat as Frank Abagnale, Sr.; Christine Ebersole as Paula Abagnale; Celia Keenan-Bolger as Brenda and Sara Gettelfinger as Cheryl Ann.

The show, which has had numerous readings over the years, has music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman. Terrence McNally penned the book.

The DreamWorks film told the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), a young compulsive con man and the federal agent (played by Tom Hanks) who pursues him over many years. Christopher Walken played Frank Sr.

"The score is as eclectic as the music of the mid '60s was," composer-lyricist Shaiman previously told "On any given Sunday, you could hear The Rolling Stones or The Beatles on 'Ed Sullivan,' a Frank Sinatra special or 'The Judy Garland TV Show,' teen idols on 'Hullabaloo,' Henry Mancini themes, Dean Martin & The Goldiggers. It is a fantastic palette to draw from."

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