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  Catch Me If You Can at Cadillac Palace Theatre

Catch Me If You Can

Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph Chicago

Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is the high-flying, splashy new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer - living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end...and finds something he never expected.

Thru - Apr 14, 2013

Price: $18-$85

Show Type: Musical

Running Time: 2hrs, 35mins; one intermission

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  Catch Me If You Can Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...As non-Equity tours go, this is a big and lively one, directed like the original by Jack O'Brien and anchored well by the two principals (the older character actors are less secure) and an enthusiastic and attractive ensemble replicating Jerry Mitchell's stylized choreography. Much of the physical scenery has been replaced by a huge digital backdrop (sigh), but at least the images are nuanced and theatrical. The onstage orchestra is still present, as are the sexy original costumes by William Ivey Long. And you could not fault the energy or the smoothness of the production on Tuesday night. If you haven't seen "Catch Me," can score a deal on tickets and are a fan of Shaiman and Wittman's from "Hairspray" or (sigh again) "Smash," then you'll find stuff to enjoy here, not least of which is a young actor who won't be needing to con anyone in the future."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"..."Catch Me If You Can" is now on stage at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in a high-energy, enjoyable, non-Equity national touring production. And here's the good news: Not only is there the rare solid attempt at old-fashioned male-female relationships, but beyond that there is a big, brassy orchestra on stage to play the jazzy score - a pastiche of 1950s and early '60s supper club and variety show styles. There is a "child of divorce," father-and-son story that explains many things. And there is a deliciously quirky case of mentoring, too. (Think of Javert embracing Jean Valjean in "Les Mis.")"
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Hedy Weiss

Centerstage - Somewhat Recommended

"...“Catch Me If You Can” is a lively show as written, but at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago, you’re in for a bit of a surprise if you’ve paid full price for this “Broadway” touring production. While the show is being performed in a union house, with union stagehands and union musicians, there is not a single union actor on stage."

Joseph Bowen

ShowBizChicago - Highly Recommended

"...Catch Me If You Can proves to work as well or maybe even better as a musical than the movie. I know that this seems odd because it has every indication of possibly being cheesy. However, the story and music are so well written, the production moves swiftly where the audience is captivated for the entire performance. Even though, Catch Me If You Can is only at Chicago's Cadillac Theater until April 14, I strongly recommend it for an enjoyable musical theater experience. I am certain that the production will return to Chicago in the very near future."

Russell Goeltenbodt

ChicagoCritic - Somewhat Recommended

"...Too bad the tension of the chase between the FBI and Frank diminished by being interrupted by the songs. Catch Me If You Can tries to have it both ways and it works much better as a pure musical than as a dramatic caper show. Stronger voices and a smoother transitions would help. But fans of classic Broadway musicals may enjoy this show."
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Tom Williams

Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Somewhat Recommended

"...It's shows like CATCH ME IF YOU CAN that makes me wonder if I've gotten spoiled on a steady diet of theatre. I hold a touring Broadway show to a higher standard based on their ticket cost. There are razzle dazzle elements in 60/70's inspired groovy costumes (William Ivey Long), age of television psychedelic projected imagery (Bob Bonniol) and spirited vintage choreography (Jerry Mitchell). Still, the story was a dull version of the movie. The songs weren't "Butter Outta Cream" memorable. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN doesn't warrant a hot pursuit for a ticket. Yet, if you go, you might enjoy CATCH ME IF YOU CAN as a plane fun romp."
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Katy Walsh

Around The Town Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...There is a strong ensemble and some very long legged dancers. Dominic Fortuna plays Frank Sr. and Juniors mom i splayed by the lovely Caitlin Maloney. Brenda ( Frank’s true love) is played by the adorable Aubrey Mae Davis. who has a powerful song in the second act where she shows that big things come in small packages as she belts out “Fly,Fly,Fly Away”. One thing I can tell you – if you have had a bad day at work, this show will clear your head. There are a few laughs and some wonderful moments in song and dance."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...While this non-union production does offer an entertaining evening filled with good music, stylish dancing, and eye-popping sets and costumes, the lack of age-appropriate casting often puts a damper on the musical's believability."
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Recommended

"...In the current state of the Broadway musical, "Book of Mormon" notwithstanding, "Catch Me If You Can" is probably better than average, buoyed by the exceptional Stephen Anthony. It would be a joy to see him in a really first class vehicle like one of Neil Simon's autobiographical comedies or "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." But for now, his Frank Abagnale will do very nicely."

Dan Zeff

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