Catch Me If You Can (5th Avenue Theatre)

Run date: July 28, 2009 – August 16, 2009
Theater: 5th Avenue Theatre (Seattle, WA)

Cast: Aaron Tveit (Frank Abagnale, Jr.), Norbert Leo Butz (Agent Carl Hanratty), Tom Wopat (Frank Abagnale, Sr.), Rachel de Benedet (Paula Abagnale), Kerry Butler (Branda Strong), Nick Wyman (Roger Strong), Linda Hart (Carol Strong)

Libretti by: Terrence McNally
Lyrics by: Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
Music by: Marc Shaiman

Directed by: Jack O’Brien
Choreographed by: Jerry Mitchell

Catch Me If You Can tells the 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 different after all, and Frank finds out what happens when love catches up to a man on the run.

An asterisk (*) denotes a song featuring Aaron.
PLEASE NOTE: These musical numbers are from Broadway, not the 5th Avenue Theatre production.


“The song that followed is Tveit’s finest moment. Simply called ‘Goodbye,’ it is the lead character’s crowning glory as he has one last chance to address the world after Agent Hanratty, his longtime pursuer collars him. Tveit delivers it powerfully and shows why, he is a great lead man for a musical, as his acting and his singing are both up to scratch. On opening night, Tveit holds nothing back in the deliverance of this song, and I hope the night you go to see it, he is equally generous with his effort.  Tveit was pretty faultless throughout and delivered his occasional comedic line with talent.”

“A cultivated innocence seeps through the polished spectacle, as Aaron Tveit’s clean-cut charisma glistens in the role of Frank, Jr. […] Hanratty and his fellow G-men labor in the gray file room, while Abagnale sings ‘Live in Living Color’ amid a vibrant pallete to complement Tveit’s bursting vitality.”

“The acting crew is headed by sensational young Aaron Tveit as real-life teen con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. […] As in the film, McNally’s treatment starts with Hanratty’s long-sought arrest of Frank. In a snazzy opening number, ‘Live in Living Color,’ golden-voiced, mojo-powered Tveit begins to re-enact his flimflam memoir.”

“In a star-making performance, Aaron Tveit is honest, thrilling and vocally commanding performance as Frank, Jr., handling all the vocal and acting demands of the Shaiman/Wittman score with ease, and establishing great rapport with all of his co-stars. His love duet, ‘Seven Wonders,’ with Kerry Butler’s Brenda is one of the show’s most touching moments.”

“And front and center: Tveit makes a star turn as Frank Abagnale Jr. Charismatic, poised, confident, keen, Tveit is utterly convincing as a man who likes to convince. He sings and dances as easily as most of us kick off our shoes, and from his high-energy introduction, ‘Live in Living Color!,’ the audience roots for him, even though he hasn’t got an ethical bone in his body.”



• The musical was originally supposed to premiere on July 25th, but was postponed three days due to a tragedy in Norbert Leo Butz’s family.

• The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington – where Catch Me If You Can had its world debut – also premiered the creative team’s previous endeavor, Hairspray.

• The first reading in 2005 included Nathan Lane as Agent Carl Hanratty and Matthew Morrison as Frank Abagnale, Jr. Tom Wopat was still attached as Frank, Sr. at those early stages.

• Other actors involved with Catch Me If You Can workshops included Annaleigh Ashford, Angie Schworer, Autumn Hurlbert, Brandon Wardell, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Christian Borle, Katharine McPhee, Lauren Ashley Zarkin, Sara Gettelfinger, and – of course – Aaron Tveit and Norbert Leo Butz.

• The song “Fifty Checks” was the first written for this musical and was in the Seattle production. By the time Catch Me If You Can moved to Broadway, the song was cut. Because it was so significant to the composers, however, it was included as a bonus track on the Original Broadway Cast Recording.