We have a fun tradition of giving each other tickets to musicals for Christmas! Well, if you call coincidentally giving each other tickets two years in a row a "tradition." :) Last Christmas Andy gave me tickets to see Mary Poppins the musical and this year, I gave him tickets to see Catch Me If You Can.
We went Sunday and it was SO FUN. We both love the movie AND musicals and the 60s, so we both really enjoyed it. I think I had a smile on my face the whole time!
If you're not familiar with the story (It was a 2002 Dreamworks film with Leonardo DCaprio and Tom Hanks), it's a true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who ran away from home as a teenager and conned his way into 1.8 million dollars, a job at Pan-Am, a position overseeing a hospital ER, and even passed the bar exam in Louisiana without going to law school. Crazy, right?
The musical really addresses the motivations behind his decision to run away and become a con man. I didn't remember the family issues from the movie, so I think they did a really good job of explaining that.
The sets were simple but the band was onstage in the coolest way ever. They were set up at the back of the stage and dressed in formal wear the entire time. The music was all 60s influenced and they looked like they were having a blast.
The choreography was really fun and the ensemble cast was so great. There's a Belmont alum in the ensemble and when we went, he got to go on as Frank. The crowd went WILD when they announced that he would be going on...there must have been a lot of Belmont kids there hoping to see him!
I highly recommend checking it out if it comes to your town! See the tour dates here and watch a montage below!