Spring Preview: Catch Me If You Can

Here is our first article in a series of blog posts looking forward to the 2011 spring season on Broadway. First up, Catch Me If You Can.

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.” (Cited from Playbill.com and Broadway.com)

The show is one of the most anticipated shows of the spring season holding such big names as Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal, Wicked) playing the part of Frank Abagnale Jr., Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Is He Dead?) playing the role of Carl Hanratty, Tom Wopat (Sondheim on Sondheim, Annie Get Your Gun) playing the role of Frank Abagnale Sr and Kerry Butler (Xanadu, Hairspray) playing the role of Brenda Strong. All four have been nominated for Tony Awards at some point in their previous theatre career.

To see photos of the cast who started rehearsal today (January 24th) at New York’s 42nd Street Studios, click here

The big names don’t stop with the cast! Tony award winners names line the categories for book, music and lyrics. The book is by Terrance McNally, music by Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. The duo is known best for their work on Hairspray. Jack O’Brien directs the piece with Jerry Mitchell choreographing.

Click here to hear Aaron Tveit sing “Live in Living Color” from Catch Me If You Can. (Trust me, you want to listen)

As for theatre goers, I speak for many when I say the return of Norbert Leo Butz and Aaron Tveit to the New York stage is highly anticipated. The production which is the latest Broadway bound musical based off of a previous film of the same name is looking to be one of the most promising ones with big names involved ranging through the cast, technical design staff and production team.

Catch Me If You Can will begin previews March 7th, 2011 at the Neil Simon Theatre . The show will official open on April 10th, 2011. An official cast recording is expected later this year. A cast photo is featured below.

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