If you are hard-pressed for a gift for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day, how about tickets to Augusta Players upcoming show, Catch Me If You Can?
It’s based on the unbelievable, true story of one of the most famous con artists in history, Frank Abagnale Jr. The rousing musical begins as Frank is captured after years of pursuit. But Frank thinks the audience deserves to hear his version of the truth. And that’s where my first guest today comes in. Scott Seidl, the Executive and Artistic Director of the Augusta Players.
Seidl explains the musical is written by the same composers that did Hairspray.
“They’ve done a lot of television recently and did some stuff on Smash, the series that was out for a while, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. They just did something very, very recently, I can’t remember what the television show was, but such great fun music. Kind of the big band swing of the 60’s, also mixed in with the pop of the 60’s and a little bit of musical theater. It’s just fun music.”
The show features a cast of 28, with a lot of showgirl-style women and dancers.
“And what’s really exciting is we were able to get permission to use the original Broadway choreography. So, we have these incredible dancers doing Jerry Mitchell’s choreography, reset by Ashley Chasteen. And there are some Augusta Players veterans like Brandon Brune is playing Carl Hanratty, who’s the FBI agent that chases after Frank Jr, and ultimately, you know it’s a true story, they become friends later.”
Seidl adds that the Augusta Players have the support of the “real” Frank.
“We just got a letter from him which is really fun, saying break a leg, and he is such a gracious, kind human being too. And you see how he pulled it off ’cause he’s so likable!”