Stage

The Cast Of Catch Me If You Can Takes Flight

By Krisinda Merhi June 25, 2019

Catch ‘em if you can. 

The stellar cast of the upcoming adventurous, inquisitive and ingeniously criminal musical Catch Me If You Can has been announced. 

Based on the biographical hit film of the same name, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, Catch Me If You Can will play from 19 July at the Hayes Theatre Co. in Sydney. 

In the role of Frank Abagnale Jr is Jake Speer. His stage credits include Kinky Boots, Marjorie Prime, Barefoot in the Park and Hand to God. 

The role of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, as made famous by Tom Hanks, is stage and screen star Tim Draxl, and the role of Frank Abagnale Sr is being played by legend of stage and screen Simon Burke AO. 

Burke has appeared in over 130 stage productions in Australia and the UK, most recently Mary Stuart for Sydney Theatre Company, as well as countless film and TV performances. 

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The production is also full of leading ladies. 

In the role of Brenda Strong, Frank Jr’s romantic interest is Jessica Di Costa (Mamma Mia, Grease), and as Paula Abagnale, Frank’s mother, esteemed triple threat performer Penny Martin (Dirty Dancing, Chicago). 

Award-winning choreographer Cameron Mitchell, who is directing his first major musical, said, “I am thrilled with the cast we managed to assemble.”

“It is so important with this story that we got the right combination of performers, especially with three leading men. Jake is a perfect Frank Abagnale Jnr and pairing him with Tim and Simon is really exciting.” 

Truth is stranger than fiction. Catch Me If You Can captures the astonishing true story of Frank Abagnale Jr, a precocious teenager seeking fame and fortune who runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. 

With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged cheques, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams.

When Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, he’s pursued in a jet-setting, cat-and-mouse chase across the US to make him pay for his crimes. 

Tickets for Catch Me If You Can are available now at hayestheatre.com.au. 

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