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Based on Steven Spielberg’s hit Dreamworks film starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, and an incredible true story, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Featuring a fabulous jazz score, played here by the Malcolm Barr Big Band, and performed by our talented cast, this is the one musical you don’t want to miss in 2019. Nominated for four Tony awards, including Best Musical, this delightfully entertaining show was created by a Tony Award-winning ‘dream team’ with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) and a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray).
"Super-slick...boasts superb craftsmanship, sophisticated design work, tuneful songs in a breezy range of '60s styles ....Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman again prove themselves an ace song-writing team. Their score evokes cocktail lounges, glitzy floorshows, Rat Pack suaveness, mellow jazz and energized go-go, all wrapped up in Shaiman and Larry Blank's silky-smooth '60s-styled orchestrations."
– The Hollywood Reporter
The Story -
Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager, Frank Abignale, Jr., runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged cheques, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. When Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent, Carl Hanratty though, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes.
Catch Me If You Can is a big and bright spectacle with high-energy dance numbers and a riveting story.
"A sheer delight... this generation's answer to How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying....Poignant and brilliant book by Terrence McNally...seamless in weaving together drama, comedy, dance, acting, genuine scenes of pathos and casual banter with the audience and orchestra."
– The Huffington Post
"(Catch Me If You Can) uses the TV song-and-dance show the way Chicago uses vaudeville: It's the structure through which we meet the characters and watch the plot develop."
– The New York Times
"Offers considerable entertainment value...The score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman is more ambitious than their work on Hairspray."
Our season has been directed by Lawrie Johnson, musically directed by Malcolm Barr, vocally directed by Heather Connolly and choreographed by Shanelle Borlase.
Billing credits –
Book by Terrance McNally, Lyrics by Marc Shaiman, Music by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia). All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.
Riverlea Theatre is easily accessible at 83 Riverlea Rd with plenty of free on-site parking.