DENVER (CBS4) – Frank Abagnale turned his life as a globetrotting teenaged con-man into a book and a movie. Now it’s a Broadway musical coming to Denver.
“Catch Me If You Can” the musical is based on the book and the movie of the same name about a teenaged con man who scams the world before tripping up on love. What separates it from what has come before are the variety of musical styles and some big production numbers.
Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman know how to write catchy Broadway music. After all that’s what they did with “Hairspray.” “Catch Me If You Can” uses music from the 1960s as well, but it’s more a patchwork quilt of styles.
“The score covers a variety of stylings of 1960s music written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman,” actress Mary Claire King said. “It’s really wonderful.”
King is one of the dancing company that gets a real workout throughout the show, working some big production numbers for all they’re worth.
“The one thing that I like to tell people is that it’s a big Broadway show,” King said. “So you’re going to expect the numbers, you’re going to see the girls come out, the guy dancers come out; and it’s going to be a big spectacle with lots of singing and dancing.”
“Catch Me If You Can” opens Feb. 26 at the Buell Theater. There’s a “Moody Deal” on the show. Order online, on the phone, or in person and use the promo code “Moody” to get seats in the orchestra pit for only $50. That saves around $35 to $45. And don’t be afraid to ask about other deals on the show. There are a lot out there because “Catch Me If You Can” is a recent and relatively unknown Broadway musical. Call (303) 893-4100 for tickets and information or visit Denver Center for Performing Arts website.
– Greg Moody is CBS4’s Critic At Large. His reports on CBS4 News are featured on the CBSDenver.com Entertainment section.