How did I miss this?
Seems like ages since I've written anything about the long gestating musical version of Catch Me If You Can , a Marc Shaiman/Scott Wittman/Terrence McNally tuner that will star Nathan Lane as FBI agent Carl Hanratty, a role portrayed in the film by Tom Hanks.
At that time, Matthew Morrison had been involved in an early reading, but hasn't been associated with the project for quite some time. Last I heard, the project had just dumped its Frank Abagnale, Jr., Christian Borle -- right around the same time Sutton Foster allegedly did.
And then, "poof!" Nothing!
That is until I was reading through Broadway.com's interview with the bright athletic young actor Aaron Tveit, who's currently part of the cast for Off-Broadway's Next To Normal.
Turns out, Tveit has been tapped for the man/boy role of Frank Junior, played on the silver screen by Leonardo DiCaprio:
I'm still pinching myself about working with Nathan Lane. I've been blessed at my young age to work with people who are at the top of our profession, and I'm trying not to take for granted all the things that have come to me.Tveit (pronounced "ta-VATE") previously played the role of Link Larkin in Hairspray, both on tour and then on Broadway, and he supposedly was also part of the "first national tour" of Rent, which seems a little hard to believe given that he's just 24 years old, and the first tour began in late 1996. But whatever. He at least has the appropriate look for the Catch Me part.
Now, can anyone tell me when this project will finally see the light of day?
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
Catching Nathan Lane If You Can (July 6, 2006)