When: Jan. 22-27 2013
Moviegoers may remember the 2002 Spielberg film 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, and their combination of talents seemed likely to lead to Hitsville. Yet the April 2011 New York opening received mixed notices, and 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.