Musical Review: Catch Me If You Can

Details: More information can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/catch-me-if-you-can-neil-simon-theatre-vault-0000013717

Score: 6.8/10

Catch Me If You Can is a big band show with big song and dance numbers. It’s based of the Leonardo DiCaprio movie of the same name and mostly follows the same story beats.

If you’ve watched the movie, you’ll be familiar with the musical. Frank Abagnale, Jr. runs away from home and starts a life of fraud, lies and crimes. FBI agent Carl Hanratty is hot on Frank’s tail as the two play a game of cat and mouse as Hanratty tries to catch Frank.

The story mirrors the movie. What’s cool is that much of the show involves breaking the fourth wall and directly addressing the audience. It’s something new and different from the movie.

The music is loud and energetic. There’s a big band on stage with all the instruments. Expect 1960’s music, stuff that elicits the word “jive” in people’s minds. There is also a substantial amount of big dances involving a lot of dancers. I always appreciate that.

The standout performance is obviously Aaron Tviet since he plays the protagonist. Tveit’s a reliably talented performer and he’s good here.

Overall, this is a good, lighthearted romp perfect for families or visiting tourists. This isn’t challenging stuff so no one should feel uncomfortable here.

Score: 6.8/10

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