CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Inspired by the film starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, "Catch Me If You Can" is the first show of Charleston Stage's new season.
If you aren't familiar with the film, it's based on the true story of Charleston's own Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., who as a teenager impersonated pilots, doctors, lawyers and more, changing his identity and forging documents around the country.
Making its Charleston premiere, the musical is bright, splashy and highly entertaining. Production at Dock Street truly is impressive, setting the bar for theater in Charleston.
Here are 5 Around Town's five favorite things about "Catch Me If You Can," now playing at Dock Street Theatre.
1 - The Costumes
The show is a spectacle similar to "Hairspray," which was created by the same team. This is evident in the style of the music, sets and costumes. From 60s mod, to vintage Pan Am and showgirls, the TV variety show inspired looks are super fun.
2 - The Ensemble
Because of the variety show, high energy feel the ensemble must be also be energetic and overly charismatic. That they are. While some pop up in supporting roles throughout the show, others are simply a part of the chorus but shine just as bright.
3 - The Man, the Myth, the Legend: Frank Jr.
He sure is a likable scoundrel. You can't help but root for the guy, though you know he's in the wrong. Even the FBI agent hot on his trail was in awe of the con artist. In fact, Abagnale and Joe Shea, the FBI agent on whom the character of Carl Hanratty is based, remained close friends until Shea's death.
4 - The Music
The TV song-and-dance style makes for some really upbeat and jazzy musical numbers. The opening act "Live in Living Color" sets the pace for the entire show while toe tapping performances like "Jet Set" and "Breaking All the Rules" have the audience sailing through the first act.
The second act features a stirring performance from Frank Sr. and Hanratty as well as the only female lead song "Fly, Fly Away" with Brenda Strong, Frank's former fiance.
5 - The Cast
Frank Jr. is affably played by fresh-faced Corbin Williams, a member of Charleston Stage's 2014-15 Professional Resident Acting Company. Also a resident actor, Katie Bianchi does an outstanding job as Brenda. And while Becca Anderson is underused, she still soars in her few scenes as Frank's mother. In "Young Frankenstein, " Anderson was a showstopper as Frau Blucher.
The entire cast looks so truly happy to be there, you can't help but smile at their sincere performances.
"Catch Me If You Can" plays at the Dock Street Theatre through April 26.