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Kerry Butler, Norbert Leo Butz, Linda Hart, Aaron Tveit, Tom Wopat Lead Cast of Catch Me If You Can

Norbert Leo Butz
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Norbert Leo Butz
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

Complete casting has been announced for Catch Me If You Can, the long-gestating musical version of Steven Spielberg’s film about young con artist Frank Abagnale, Jr., which will make its world premiere at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, July 23-August 14.

The show will be directed by Jack O’Brien, with choreography by Jerry Mitchell, a book by Terrence McNally, a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and set design by David Rockwell.

As previously announced, Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz, Tony nominee Tom Wopat and Aaron Tveit had revealed their participation in the musical at recent events in New York City. The principal cast will also include Kerry Butler and Linda Hart.

The cast will also include Matt Wolfe, Timothy Piggee, Rachel deBenedet, Tod Branton, Clarke Thorell, Brandon Wardell, Angie Schworer, Romelda Benjamin, Anastica McClesky, Taryn Darr, Shanna Palmer, Jillana Laufner, Kyle Vaughn, Mo Brady, Jason Kappus, Karl Warden, Nick Wyman, Nikki Long, and Joey Pizzi.

Butz and Tveit have both played the role of Fiyero in Wicked. Butz, who will play FBI Agent Carl Hanratty, won the Tony for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and his other stage credits include Speed-the-Plow, 50 Words, and The Last 5 Years. Tveit, who will play the role of Frank, will star on Broadway later this month in Next to Normal, in which he also starred at Arena Stage and Second Stage. Wopat, who will play Frank’s father, received a Tony nomination last season for A Catered Affair. His other Broadway credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, City of Angels, and Guys and Dolls.

Butler, who will play Frank’s girlfriend Brenda, received a Tony nomination for Xanadu, with other Broadway credits including Hairspray and Little Shop of Horrors. Hart, who will play Brenda’s mother Carol, has appeared on Broadway in Hairspray and Anything Goes, for which she won a Theater World Award.

The theater’s season will continue with James Rocco’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (October 13-November 1); Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (December 1-20); the national tours of South Pacific (January 29-February 18) and Legally Blonde (February 23-March 14); Bill Berry’s production of the Leonard Bernstein-Betty Comden-Adolph Green musical On The Town (April 13-May 2); and David Armstrong’s production of Candide (May 25-June 13).

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