by Martin Brady
Moviegoers may remember Steven Spielberg's 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, based on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr., who while still in his teens, successfully conned his way to millions of dollars by posing as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer. The flick starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen and others, and somewhere along the way, someone got the bright idea to turn the story into a Broadway musical.
Highly respected playwright Terrence McNally (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class, Ragtime, The Full Monty) and Hairspray’s Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are responsible for the adaptation. Their combination of talents seemed likely to lead to Hitsville, yet the April 2011 New York opening received mixed notices. The show closed five months later. Now the con man is on the run, and so far, various tours are maintaining his maverick spirit.
Direction is by the versatile Tony Award-winning veteran Jack O’Brien. The show continues through Sunday, with prices for weeknight shows ranging from $15 to $60; click here for ticket information.