“Catch Me If You Can” has nailed down its Broadway venue, with the tuner landing at the Neil Simon Theater for its spring opening.
The Simon has seemed a likely contender for “Catch Me” ever since it became clear that “Love Never Dies,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera,” would not materialize in Gotham on its original (and now much-delayed) timeframe. The theater had long been held for “Love”; the last open-ended tenant was “Ragtime,” which closed in January.
Engagement at the Simon marks a return to the venue for songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, helmer Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who all collaborated on former Simon tenant “Hairspray.”
Casting remains to be announced for the tuner, which is based on the book by Frank Abagnale Jr. as well as the 2002 DreamWorks pic. Margo Lion (“Hairspray”) and Hal Luftig (“Legally Blonde”) produce the stage incarnation.
“Catch Me” begins previews March 7 ahead of an April 10 opening. Prior to that, a limited run of Beatles revue “Rain” will kick off at the Simon in October.