Broadway play opens in Gotham
The life of legendary ex-conman Frank Abagnale Jr. must have passed before his eyes Sunday — since the man himself was there at the Broadway opening night of “Catch Me If You Can.” Helmer Jack O’Brien bought him onstage during the curtain call.At the Cipriani after-party, Marc Shaiman, one half of the songwriting team with partner Scott Wittman, said the two of them were impressionable young boys during the era of the ’60s variety shows, a pop-culture genre that lends the tuner its format. “The biggest fight in my house was when I wanted to watch the Mitzi Gaynor special,” cracked Wittman. Perhaps the strongest praise of the night came from John Waters, whose “Hairspray” pic was adapted for the stage by a number of the “Catch Me” collaborators. “Finally, a musical straight men can love!” Waters declared. — Gordon Cox
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