Last week I went to one of the screenings of Catch Me if You Can on Broadway. Not only is the musical version of Catch Me if You Can an absolutely fun show to see, but it was sort of like Fosse on steroids. You could completely see that Catch me if you can the musical was not only created by the people who created the broadway show Hairspray, but the music, the energy and the dancing was absolutely phenomenal. I wouldn’t say it is in my top ten favorite shows, but it is definitely one I recommend that everyone goes to see. It has everything you want in a broadway show and catch me if you can on broadway leaves you smiling and wanting more. The only complaint I have is that they didn’t have window cards for sale and you cannot download the songs on iTunes yet. Here is my Catch Me if you Can review.
The show starts out at the very end. The main character ends up getting caught by the Feds and then proceeds to tell his story. The story is pretty much the same as the one in the movie, with the exception that Frank doesn’t steal from his Dad. Instead the Dad is made out to be one of the bad guys and the Mom is painted as a good guy, even though she is an Adulterer. The opening song is full of a ton of energy and really solid dancing. There are lights flashing everywhere and it is all about being “Live in Living Color”. You get to meet the entire cast and Frank even walks you through when and how he will meet each of them. It is also the scene where I think he mentions one of the sayings for the show tshirt, “I like girls”. I think just about every theatre queen in Rehoboth, Fire Island and PTown that has seen the show will be wearing that tshirt this summer.
Catch me if you can the musical then walks you through the story and the name changes of Frank and the way that the IRS or FBI guy hunts him down. You watch as Frank’s father meets his mother in France. As they fall in love and even as Frank finally settles down in Atlanta, only to move to New Orleans to marry the nurse he falls for. The musical Catch Me if You Can is absolutely hilarious and has an amazing soundtrack. The dancing is overdone and the movements are extremely exaggerated, but it keeps your attention and you never get bored. What’s even more fun is that Frank constantly talks about illusions and the slight of hand and even does a few magic tricks on stage.
The set isn’t that impressive. It looks like something pulled out of the 60’s or 70’s and flashes like you are at studio 54. It is almost exactly the same style as Hairspray, but then again it still sort of works. Unfortunately it looks like this may be the last musical that works with this same theme as Broadway audiences will eventually tire of the same exact dance styles, set designs and music. Luckily this show has an awesome story, extremely talented actors and will hopefully land its place in the 2011 season and tour. It has everything you could want in a Broadway show, but it is extremely similar to hairspray which could also be its downfall. Overall I would give Catch me if you can the musical 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason it doesn’t get a fifth star is that it was a copy off of Hairspray. The soundtrack is amazing, the acting was great and I loved the show, but I was hoping to see something different from the people who produced it. Catch me if you can the musical is one you should definitely check out if you are in New York City and for me, Catch me if you can reviews are that the show is one that you don’t want to miss.