at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre
July 23 – August 16, 2009


Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Book by Terrence McNally
Directed by Jack O’Brien
Choreographed by Jerry Mitchell
Set Design by David Rockwell
Costume Design by Bob Mackie
Lighting Design by Kenneth Posner

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, based on the swinging, adventurous Steven Spielberg film, shifts the narrative focus of this real life tall tale to the television-drenched imagination of 18 year old Frank Abagnale, Jr.

In the blink of an eye our irresistible young hero manages to convince the world that he is a Pan Am pilot, a doctor AND a lawyer while simultaneous cashing millions of dollars in forged checks. With a score that celebrates the glorious big band sounds of Tom Jones and Frank Sinatra “spectaculars," and a production style that captures the brash optimism of that same 1960's television world, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN explores the father/son drama which inspired Frank Jr.’s masquerade and the FBI agent who chased him, caught him, and finally redeemed him.

Recent Reviews:

"Like the sleek Boeing jets that flew the friendly skies in the 1960s, 5th Avenue Theatre's world premiere of musical "Catch Me If You Can" is one deluxe vehicle.... from the Pan Am the major performances in a cast of luxury-liner luster."
- Misha Berson, Seattle Times

"An aqua-and-tangerine trip to the early '60s...It's got great bones." - Lynn Jacobson, Variety "Catch Me If You Can” shares a lot with “Hairspray,” particularly in its energy, fast pace and a nostalgic embrace."
- Gianni Truzzi, Seattle Post Globe

"The whole tone and mood of the show was one of brilliant momentum. "Catch Me" is invigorating entertainment that left me with an endorphin rush as if I'd just finished a good run."
- Theresa Goffredo, HeraldNet

"Composing team Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (the pair behind Hairspray) have more memorable tunes here than any three Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals of the last 20 years. Stylistically, Catch Me is an unqualified triumph, delivering period details without winking irony or kitsch."
- Kevin Phinney, Seattle Weekly