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.
"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 kick-line...to the major performances in a cast of luxury-liner
- 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