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Lutcher to host ‘Catch Me if You Can,’ Nov. 3

UP Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Updated: Thursday, October 25, 2012 10:10

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The Lutcher Theater will present "Cat Me if You Can," Nov. 3 in Orange.

From the time he was 16, Frank Abagnale Jr. perfected the art of deception and fraud. On Nov. 3, Orange’s Lutcher Theater will present the musical “Catch Me if You Can,” a modern spin on Abagnale’s experiences as a young con man.

“In this true story of con artist turned FBI agent, Frank Abagnale Jr. seems to generate interest naturally, but the audience will really be blown away with this splashy new Broadway version of the story,” Lynae Sanford, Lutcher Theater marketing manager, said. “‘Catch Me if You Can’ features a Tony Award-winning creative team, so we can look forward to incredible spectacle and musical showstoppers.”
 
Director Jack O’Brien wanted to take a different approach with the story than Steven Spielberg did in the 2002 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. O’Brien places a strong focus on the relationship between Abagnale and Hanratty, the FBI agent.
 
The real-life Abagnale ran away from home at the age of 16, following his parents’ divorce. He moved to New York and began searching for work, but soon realized that jobs were scarce and pay was very little for a boy his age. This is where the deception began.
 
“I knew I looked older, and I thought that if I lied about my age, if people thought I was 10 years older, they’d pay me more,” Abagnale said in a release. “I’ve always said that the two reasons for my success were that I was very creative and very observant. I saw things that no one paid attention to. I was able to look at things and figure out a way around them.”
 
In between the age of 16 and 21, Abagnale forged and cashed $2.5 million worth of bad checks in a total of 27 countries, according to the article. He passed himself off as a pilot, doctor, college professor and lawyer during that time, but was eventually caught and served time in French, Swedish and American prisons.
 
“I always knew that I would get caught,” Abagnale said. “I didn’t have it in me to give myself up, but I knew it was a matter of time before they would catch up with me.”
 
The musical has been nominated for four Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards, and features book by Terrence McNally, score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and choreography by Jerry Mitchell.
 
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.lutcher.org or call the Lutcher Theater box office at 886-5535.

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