Ok, so I’m a little biased. It’s hard not to get emotionally caught up in a play that you work on, no matter how far you are behind the scenes. I’ve worked on costumes for a zillion plays over the years, and have been lucky enough to witness the pre-Broadway creation of a few. I always think they’re great, in the same way that every new baby is cute whether they really are or not, but the one I’ve been devoting my hours to lately is definitely worth catching.
Catch Me if You Can is a new musical based on the movie, based on the true story. It’s been fun watching it go through its metamorphesis into what will be the finished product. I really love this process, which is similar to what I go through with my writing. The writers of a Broadway show, however, get the benefit of immediate audience feedback. During previews, which we’re in right now, they can continue to make changes and try new things. That can be a little crazy-making for the people who physically make the changes happen, but it’s facinating to see.
If you’re in the Seattle area, I highly recommend trekking down to the 5th Avenue Theatre to check it out. This show will no doubt be a hit when it hits the Great White Way, and we’re really lucky here in Seattle to be able to say “I knew it when…”
The entire cast is terrific, including the talented, largely local, ensemble. Norbert Leo Butz and Aaron Tviet, in the Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio roles in the film version, are outstanding. They keep the story fun and compelling.
While I count the days till I get my time back (it’s always that way when we work so intensely on a show) I feel blessed and privileged to be a part of this project.
Incidentally, tomorrow night’s performance (Wed., Aug. 5) will be a benefit for the Compass Center, a nonprofit organization that serves homeless and low-income people in the Seattle area. $5 from every ticket sold will go to the center in honor of the late Teresa Butz, who served on their board.