Catch Me if You Can
Catch Me If You Can is a Broadway Musical written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman, featuring a book by Terrence McNally. The show is based on the 2002 film of the same name which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and follows the story of con man Frank Abagnale Junior. Mc Nally’s libretto is also based on Abagnale’s 1980 autobiography and is a musical comedy drawing
The musical was initially presented in Seattle Washington for a tryout period in July 2009. Jack O’Brian directed the production, which featured choreography by Jerry Mitchell. A similar tryout method was used with the composers first successful musical Hairspray which went on to become a worldwide hit, before becoming a Hollywood musical starring Zac Effron and John Travolta. on the popular tradition of screen-to-stage musicals.
The show premièred on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre on April 10th 2011 following previews from March. The show received mixed reviews, and managed to stay throughout the Tony Awards and summer season, closing after only 170 regular performances on September 4th 2011.
The musical is currently enjoying a US National Tour that is taking in cities such as Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. The tour will finish in June 2013 at the Sergerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa California. This production features a cast led by Stephen Anthony as Frank Abagnale Jr. and Merritt Davis Janes as Hanratty.
The first international production of Catch Me If You Can the Musical opened at the Blue Square, Samsung Card Hall in South Korea in March 2012 where it played to packed houses until June 2012. The production starred Um Ki Joon, Kim Jeong-hoon, Park Kwang-hyun and Sunny of ‘Girls Generation’. Although no London production has been announced, it is hoped that the musical will transfer to the West End at some point in the near future, following in the success of other transfers such as ‘The Book of Mormon’ and ‘Once the Musical’.