Sunday, December 3, 2017

Musical Theater Therapy: "Don't Break the Rules"

Catch Me If You Can is a 2011 Broadway musical based on the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can, based on the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire which is translated from Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abgnale's 1980 autobiography.

The 2002 movie was the beginning of a self-imposed 15-year moratorium on Steven Spielberg movies that prevented me from seeing the widely acclaimed Lincoln, but also prevented me from enduring Indiana Jones and What the Fuck is This Movie About, and that Tin Tin movie. Will I end the moratorium to see The Post, which early predictions cite as a lock on Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (it's Meryl Streep, this one is easy) and Best Actor (Tom Hanks)? Maybe.

Catch Me if You Can the musical involved Terrence McNally (our love/hate relationship is documented), Marc Shaiman (our unabashed love for him is documented), and Scott Wittman (file note found). It starred Aaron Tveit, Tom Wopat, Kerry Butler and Norbert Leo Butz. The show ran for a mere 166 performances on Broadway, winning one of its 4 Tony nominations (Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical for Butz).

Butz has become something of a go-to guy for Broadway musicals, working his way up from understudy in the original cast of Rent, to originating the role of Guy Fiyeri in Wicked, to winning his first Tony for a turn in the delightful Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He headlines the revival of My Fair Lady coming soon, and I'll just say I don't see it. I was far more impressed with Rachel York and Lucie Arnaz (the Luckinbill is silent), and to a lesser extent Jonathan Pryce in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels than with I was with Butz, and all the things I disliked then I dislike here. But decide for yourself whether this is Tony worthy.

I mean, sure, if this was Liza it would be Tony worthy, but that's just Liza.

Today's song is "Don't Break the Rules" from Catch Me if You Can. Today's lesson: fuck Norbert Leo Butz, go ahead and break some rules (so long as your breaking the rules doesn't inconvenience me--that would be wrong).

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