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Jan 14, 2013

Catch Me If You Can

By Michal Jansen Miller

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN will be the first time a first national tour of a Tony Award nominated musical has been to the Lexington Opera House in recent memory. Lexington usually gets shows a couple of seasons after the major tours have played venues in cities with larger venues and population density. Not this time. Let’s put it this way: CATCH ME is coming to Lexington before it goes on to Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and beyond later this year. We’ve been upgraded, y’all!

The astonishing true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr, the world-class con artist who passed himself off as a doctor, a lawyer, and a jet pilot— all before the age of 21, was a Dreamworks hit directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. In 2011, a creative team of Broadway royalty brought the story to the stage in an original new musical that was nominated for four Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards.

Now, in a rare treat for Lexington audiences, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN lands at the Opera House for five performances beginning January 31. This is the first national tour of the show that Variety praised for having “The best new music on Broadway” last season.

Terrance McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime), Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (Hairspray), Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde) and Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) are the “dream team” behind this splashy musical that promises to be one of the truly fresh-from-Broadway tickets in recent Opera House memory.

The freshness comes with a sense of flashback. CATCH ME uses as its artistic inspiration everything fabulous about those 1960′s television variety shows starring the likes of Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor, and Mitch Miller (feel free to exit this article now and Google Mitzi Gaynor, youngins’).

Leggy show girls (in Pan Am stewardess outfits!), check.
A send-up to “Laugh-In” and Dean Martin’s Golddiggers? Yes, please.
Oh, and a really cute leading man in Stephen Anthony as Frank Abagnale, Jr. Leonardo who?
Now if we can only talk Bluegrass Airport into issuing frequent flyer miles. I’ll get on that.

catch-me-if-you-can.jpgINSIDER TIP:: Don’t forget the usual Sunday evening performance of this run is on Thursday night. They were kind enough to let us not miss Beyonce at halftime on Sunday (I’m thinking there’s a Pepsi connection, but that’s just me).