According to Theater Mania, the cast of Catch Me If You Can are scheduled to be signing copies of the musical’s cast recording on June 28th at 4 pm. The signing with take place at the 86th Street Barnes & Noble in New York. To help celebrate the release of the OBCR, Aaron Tveit, Norbert Leo Butz, Tom Wopat, and Kerry Butler will perform three songs in-store.
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.”
Broadway.com’s official YouTube has just posted the above video, featuring Aaron Tveit in the studio. Check out the recording session for the upbeat ditty, “Live In Living Color,” from Catch Me If You Can. The video itself is gorgeous, crystal clear and – what else would you expect? – vividly colorful.
As mentioned earlier, Neil Patrick Harris checked out Catch Me If You Can on Sunday, May 22nd. He and his partner, David Burtka, stopped by backstage to meet the Broadway cast, including Aaron Tveit, Norbert Leo Butz, and Kerry Butler. Pictures have been added to the Gallery.
As of May 23rd, you can purchase the Catch Me If You Can Original Broadway Cast Recording (OBCR) on iTunes or through Amazon. Remember: these are just the digital/mp3 releases. (You can view the digital booklet that comes with the iTunes download in the Gallery. I’m listening to it right now and it sounds great! Very swingin’ sixties.) There will be an audio CD released after the Tonys, on June 28th, if you prefer having a hard copy.
No stranger to the theater world, Neil Patrick Harris has been checking Tony-nominated shows on Broadway in recent days. According to his official Twitter, he stopped by the Neil Simon Theatre for a matinee performance of Catch Me If You Can — and had some nice things to say about the cast, including Norbert Leo Butz and Aaron Tveit. NPH has worked with Aaron in the past, casting him in the Hollywood Bowl production of RENT.
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