Some of the most watched actors-singers on Broadway have signed up for “Catch Me if You Can.” On Wednesday, producers announced that Norbert Leo Butz, Tony Award winning actor from “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” will play the F.B.I. Agent leading role and Aaron Tveit from “Next to Normal” will play the charming scoundrel leading role. In the 2002 movie with the same name, Tom Hanks played the F.B.I. agent and Leonardo DiCaprio played the scoundrel.
Tom Wopat, Tony nominee from “Annie Get Your Gun” plays Tveit’s character’s father and Kerry Butler Tony nominee from “Xanadu” plays the love interest of Tveit. Nick Wyman and Linda Hart play Kerry Butler’s character’s parents, while Rachel De Benedet plays Tveit’s mother.
The roles of the seven actors were all originated in a try out held in Seattle in 2009. “Catch Me If You Can” tells the story of a young man who comes from a broken up family. He ends up becoming a high rolling counterfeiter as well as obsession of an FBI agent. Since the run in Seattle, which received encouraging although pointed criticism from theater critics, Brian Yorkey contributed substantially to the book written by playwright Terrence McNally. In the statement from the producers Mr. Yorkey was not listed in the credit. Yorkey shared the Drama Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for the “Next to Normal” lyrics.
“Catch Me if You Can” features lyrics from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and music by Shaiman, who also wrote the “Hairspray” music and lyrics. Preview performances for “Catch Me if You Can” are scheduled to start at Neil Simon Theater on March 7, 2011 and then open April 10. The director is Jack O’Brien and choreographer is Jerry Mitchell. O’Brien and Mitchell performed those same duties on “Hairspray.”
At one point in time, Mitchell and O’Brien were facing a scheduling conflict when “Love Never Dies,” the music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, was also scheduled for a spring Broadway run. However ultimately the two left the show. It’s New York run has been postponed indefinitely.