Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Dirty rotten scoundrel?

We heard last year that there was a Broadway musical in the works based on the Spielberg film, "Catch Me If You Can."

Now, Variety has announced that Nathan Lane will star in the show's workshop performances as federal agent Carl Hanratty, whose thankless task was to chase down Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Frank Abaganale.

Abaganale wrote the book the movie was based on, "Catch Me If You Can: The Amazing True Story of the Youngest and Most Daring Con Man in the History of Fun and Profit."
Music and lyrics are by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, who won a Tony for Best Score (and Best Musical) for "Hairspray."

At a 2005 theater conference in Miami, Shaiman and Wittman provided a sneak peak of one of the songs, which might or might not be called "50 Checks."

Shaiman sang the lyrics from a piece of hotel stationery. In his big finish, he threw the paper to the floor.

If this show hits it big, look for those prototype lyrics on eBay. I reclaimed the stationery and had Marc and Scott sign it for -- as Abaganle might say -- posterity and profit.

- Michael K.

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