Catch Me If You Can is one of the new musicals on Broadway this season that got mixed reviews from the major press and is pitted against the juggernaut
The Book of Mormon in every theater award category.
Yes, this is the same true story as that of the film starring Leo Di Caprio and is about Frank Abagnale, Jr., a world-class con artist who passed himself off as a doctor, a lawyer, and a jet pilot all before the age of 21.
A straight FBI agent is off on his trail, and the show takes the audience on a fun, dizzying journey through the fabulous world of the 60's
(remember the stewardesses and their outfits back then?) and Frank's many con jobs.
Well, the major press be damned, I really loved this show. I liked the way it was staged, I liked the storytelling convention that they used, I liked the performances by Aaron Tveit as Frank, Kerry Butler as his love interest, Brenda (who sings a show stopping number), Tom Wopat as Frank's dad, and the fabulous Norbert Leo Butz as Carl. Norbert just snagged the Drama Desk Award last week for his performance, and he gave the best, most honest speech I have ever heard. He talked about how he is conflicted about being an actor...Loves the performance part, but hates the business. (I am a big NLB fan, in case you haven't guessed.)
Back to Catch....
The book by Terence McNally keeps us entertained.
The score by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman is fun, and engaging. Costumes by William Ivey Long and set design by David Rockwell very reminiscent of the era. The musical is directed by Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, and as you can see, you've got some creative team.
A really fun night out in the theater. And a great story of an individual who truly turned himself around.
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Tulsi is located at 211 East 46th Street, between 2nd and 3rd.
a 5 time Billboard Magazine Award winner, is perhaps best known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 position in the New York radio market as the midday host of New York’s 106.7 FM. She was also the co-creator, writer, producer and host of 'Spotlight On,' a nationally syndicated program that featured in-depth interviews with top recording artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting and Celine Dion, to name a few.
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As adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, Valerie teaches a course on Internet Radio and Voice-over, coaches talent privately, and produces promo reels and demo tapes for various clients.
An actress and writer, she has appeared in numerous off -Broadway productions and co-wrote a play with music entitled, "Spit it Out!"