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A Review of Catch Me If You Can (Broadway)

By Angela W., April 08, 2011

  • Acting
    4 stars
  • Choreography
    5 stars
  • Dancing
    5 stars
  • Direction
    4 stars
  • Lyrics
    4 stars
  • Music
    4 stars
  • Overall
    4 stars
  • Production
    5 stars
  • Singing
    5 stars
  • Story
    5 stars
  • Writing
    3 stars

I saw Catch Me If You Can (Broadway) on 04/06/11. Overall, I'd say it was a 4-star rating. I'd summarize it by saying “Certainly a very fun, if fluffy, musical comedy. Great production numbers with a STELLAR cast!”

I had a lovely time and left the show feeling amused and entertained. I'd describe the show as uplifting, smart, and tongue-in-cheek. Aaron tveit (as frank abagnale, jr) was a highlight of the show because he is on stage almost the entire show, and is SO energetic and endearing. If this were a movie, I'd rate it PG-13. I would recommend this show to friends but not to small children.

I saw this show because I was given tickets. I would see it again. I sat in the right orchestra area of the theater. The view was unobstructed and the seats were comfortable.

Overall, I enjoyed this show, but would strongly recommend seeing the movie or reading the book beforehand. Certain characters have almost no character development, which makes their ballads (looking at Kerry Butler's Brenda Strong here) feel out-of-place an unnecessary. In fact, even though Butler nailed said ballad, I got the impression that the character only got the song because they had such a strong actress playing her.

The production aspects of the show are phenomenal; the choreography is breathtaking and I absolutely loved the innovative set design. I was glad to see that the orchestra is on-stage for the whole show, which makes the Entr'acte really fun to watch. Aaron Tveit tackles the lead role exceedingly well, which is no small task: in addition to being onstage probably 90% of the show, he also serves as the story's narrator. Tveit's voice is spectacular, and he dances amazingly well - in short, he is a definite triple-threat, and I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if this show makes a huge star out of him.

Although I had fun at this show, many of the songs are forgettable, and I think the story itself is better served by a movie format. However, strong performances from Norbert Leo Butz and especially Aaron Tveit make this show worth seeing.

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