Opened: April 10, 2011
Book by: Terrence McNally
Music by: Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by: Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
Original Broadway Cast: Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit, Tom Wopat, Kerry Butler, Rachel de Benedet, Linda Hart, Nick Wyman, Joe Cassidy, Timothy McCuen Piggee, Brandon Wardell, Alex Ellis, Jennifer Frankel, Lisa Gajda, Bob Gaynor, Kearran Giovanni, Grasan Kingsberry, Michael X. Martin, Aleks Pevec, Rachelle Rak, Joe Aaron Reid, Angie Schworer, Sabrina Sloan, Sarrah Strimel, Charlie Sutton, Katie Webber & Candice Marie Woods
Some films just aren’t meant to become Broadway musicals.
Based on Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can follows Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Aaron Tveit) as performing con jobs to earn an insane amount of money. When the FBI becomes aware of the scams, Agent Carl Hanratty (Norbert Leo Butz) is sent to capture him.
Parts of the show are incredibly entertaining. Every time Tveit has the lead on one of the songs, the stage lights up with electricity. Anyone can see Tveit gives his all during every performance. Meanwhile, Butz has an early show-stopping number with “Don’t Break the Rules.”
However, halfway through act one the energy dies and the songs become slower. When Tveit isn’t on the stage, it becomes boring and drags on until the end of act two.
Final say: Don’t catch this one. ★★☆☆☆