The composers behind Catch Me If You Can – Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman – along with star of the show, Aaron Tveit, recently sat down with Seth Rudetsky to talk about the musical. Broadway World has an exclusive first peak of the interview, from the show “Getting Sirius With Seth,” which will air on Sirius/XM Channel 72 this Friday, May 27th at 7 pm Eastern. Check out an excerpt from the article below, or a brief performance of “Goodbye” from Aaron in the video above.
Casting Aaron Tveit as con man Frank Abagnale in the show was a match made in heaven. Tveit had made his Broadway debut as Link Larkin in another Shaiman & Wittman collaboration, HAIRSPRAY. He realized early on that acting on a Broadway stage was not quite what he had imagined it to be. “I found that it’s really just people putting on a show who love to do theater and it just happens to be at the highest level and everyone’s working really really hard. It’s just in the spotlight a little more and there’s a little more pressure.”
Rudetsky asked the actor how having a small part in HAIRSPRAY differs from having a “big, fat part” in his current show. “Well in my own head, I HAD a big fat part in HAIRSPRAY,” joked Tveit. “It’s just that the audience didn’t get to see it. I was getting upstaged by myself. So now, it’s just people getting to see what’s going on in my head a little more!”
Tveit is thrilled with the opportunity to play the complex character of Abagnale and he loves the challenge of navigating between talking directly to the theater audience and dropping back into the scene. “I feel like I find new stuff everyday,” he says. “It’s just such an interesting thing I get to do every night.”