by CHRISTINE SARKES SASSEVILLE
The Orpheum Theatre’s glitzy, new musical offering, Catch Me If You Can, tells the true-life con man “coming of age story” of Frank Abagnale, Jr., who posed as a doctor, lawyer and Pan Am pilot all before age 21. The Tony-nominated musical, set in the 1960s with a rat pack meets Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In vibe, features the Tony Award-winning creative team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), with choreography by Jerry Mitchell and direction by Jack O’Brien. The show stars a charming, baby-faced Stephen Anthony as Frank Jr. and an engaging Merritt David Janes, as his FBI pursuer, confidante and erstwhile father figure. The musical is based on Frank Abagnale’s autobiography and the 2002 film by Steven Spielberg, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio in the featured role.
The story begins with the teenage Frank Jr. dealing with break-up of his New York suburban family. His father, a larger-than-life ne’er-do-well…
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