Pair likely to reprise roles in New York production of musical
Looks like Norbert Leo Butz and Aaron Tveit are set to reprise their toplining roles in tuner “Catch Me If You Can” when it arrives on Broadway in the spring.A rep for the production wouldn’t confirm, but the pair is apparently lined up to return to the parts they originated in the musical’s 2009 preem in Seattle. The biggest question hanging over the casting had been whether Butz, the Tony winner (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”) who played the Tom Hanks role in the screen-to-stage adaptation, would be available for the production’s spring start due to his starring role in HBO pilot “Miraculous Year.” HBO has not yet made a decision on whether to pick up “Year,” although given the starry pedigree including writer John Logan and pilot helmer Kathryn Bigelow, chances seem good. In any event, it looks as if shooting for the skein will not begin before the April 10 opening of “Catch Me,” leaving Butz available for the stage gig. Tveit (“Next to Normal,” “Howl”) originated the stage version of Leonardo DiCaprio’s part in “Catch Me,” based on the 2002 movie and the true story that inspired it. Plot follows a charismatic young con man (Tveit) and the FBI agent (Butz) who makes it his mission to catch him. Tuner has music by “Hairspray” duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman with book by Terrence McNally. Jack O’Brien helms and Jerry Mitchell choreographs the show, which begins previews March 7 at the Neil Simon Theater. No casting for the New York production, which also starred Kerry Butler and Tom Wopat in Seattle, has been confirmed.
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