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Catch Him If You Can

Frank Abagnale, Jr. treated the audience at Catch Me If You Can The Musical to a special question and answer session about his fascinating life story after last night's performance!

Frank Abagnale, Jr. treated the audience at Catch Me If You Can The Musical to a special question and answer session about his fascinating life story after last night’s performance!

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Guest Blog Post – Amy Burgmaier (Catch Me If You Can)

Photo by Jodi Mensing Harris

Photo by Jodi Mensing Harris

Being a farm girl from Iowa, performing in Chicago’s Palace Theatre has been a dream come true… especially since I’ve had friends and family cheering in nearly every audience!

Although I have visited the Windy City for various audition trips, I never had the chance to enjoy the sights outside the theatre district until this week… and I didn’t waste any time. Once my train arrived at Union Station, I unpacked my bags and boarded a double-decker bus with my Mom and Aunt Martha, where we enjoyed an informative tour of the Magnificent Mile. For the first three days (between my performance schedule), we hopped-on-and-off for lunch at the Italian Village, a walking tour of Millennium Park and grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. We even stopped to smell the roses at Macy’s Spring Flower Show along the way and “Howl At the Moon” in celebration of our 167th performance! Some of my other favorite outings have included swing dancing with “The Flat Cats” at the historic Drake Hotel, deep dish pizza at Lou Malnat’s Pizzeria, laughs at “Second City” and spectacular Chicago views from The Signature Room at the top of the John Hancock Building.

It seems like this city is endless with adventure and I’m sad my time here is running out. “Catch Me If You Can” will only be in town through April 14… and I still hope to experience the Chicago Art Institute, see Norbert Leo Butz in “Big Fish” and do my laundry before we “jet set” to East Lansing next week!

Amy Bugmaier (Carol Strong, Principal Owning Bank Teller, Skyway Man Stewardess)

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April 9, 2013 · 11:11 am

Short and Sweet – An Audience View: Catch Me If You Can

The Catch Me If You Can Tour CompanyPhoto By Carol Rosegg

The Catch Me If You Can Tour Company
Photo By Carol Rosegg

Broadway In Chicago is happy to introduce “Short & Sweet,” a quick view of our shows courtesy of Diana Martinez, who will give you the lowdown on Broadway In Chicago productions from the perspective of an audience member. Diana has more than 25 years of experience as an entertainment executive, most recently as President of The Second City. She has directed and produced over 40 live Broadway musical theatre shows and has presented more than 350 world-class Broadway national tours, dance, headline comedians and concert. We hope you enjoy this quick insight into our shows, and since this is all about our audience, share your own thoughts with us in the comments below.

Just saw Catch Me If You Can at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on Wednesday. This fast-paced stage version finds a powerful “sins of the father” through-line that the 2002 movie didn’t hit. The story is based on the life of fast-talking, charming, con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. (perfectly portrayed by Stephen Anthony) who, before the age of 19, scammed millions of dollars through fraud and forgery, posing as a pilot, doctor and lawyer. Although we know we’re not supposed to cheer him on, the audience couldn’t help but want him to win. I guess it’s our secret desire to be able to slip into someone else’s shoes for a while and “take a run.”

Big production numbers are peppered throughout the show and keep the energy racing. The costumer hit the right notes with the variety of costumes, and the styled, sexy, sixties dresses that will keep the eyes of male audience members glued to the dances. The 12-piece band is on stage and reminiscent of a ‘50s nightclub, giving the show the right swanky tone, and hitting their full stride in the swing numbers. The pace is great and the casting is strong. Aubrey Mae Davis brought the house down on opening night in her finale powerhouse ballad Fly, Fly Away, which serves as poignant a bridge between Frank’s escapades and the sad, heart-breaking end that crime usually faces. Anthony also has his own moment in the ballad spotlight in Act II. Both numbers are definitely worth the wait, capping a perfect date night show.

Catch it if you can!

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A Broadway State of Mind

Broadway is hot this season with a lot of new shows. I have spent 12 of the past 14 days in New York with a team of people from Broadway In Chicago. Once a year we go to NY and meet with all the producers and presenters of Broadway across the country. We saw some amazing shows, many of which we hope will come to Chicago sooner rather than later, but we will let you know as they make their plans.

We met to discuss the current and upcoming productions of LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, MEMPHIS, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, WEST SIDE STORY, WORKING and PETER PAN. We were also lucky enough to see:

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

SISTER ACT

WAR HORSE

THE BOOK OF MORMON

WONDERLAND

LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

HOW TO SUCCEED…

MEMPHIS

What are you hoping will come to Chicago?

Don’t forget to watch the Tony Awards on June 12 on CBS at 7 pm Central where the (record!) fifth Chicago Theatre will pick up a Regional Theatre Tony Award. Do you know which five theaters that have won?

In those two days between trips to NY, we attended the League of Chicago Theatres Gala where THE NEW COLONY received their 2011 Emerging Theatre Award.  Also saw the new Mayor inaugurated in Millennium Park.

There is no better place to be than CHICAGO!

Eileen

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