Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Catch Me If You Can - The Musical

Broadway Bound??
Last night I went to a Spotlight presentation on the new musical version of Catch Me If You Can. Wonderful singers, beautiful music, and the amazing Bob Mackie. So why were all the comments I heard while people were leaving negative? The lyrics! They were so unbelievably bad. One song about an ant making butter out of cream and a cockroach making coffee out of beans (and sweat - yuck), was as bad as it sounds. There was one really good song that might end up being called "Goodbye", but it referred to the previous part of the musical as "The greatest story ever told". Huh? Greatest story? Wasn't that the Bible? Certainly not this one. I do understand what the lyricist is trying to do. From the standpoint of the main character with his massive ego, "greatest" would be his choice. And in the context of the era, if we accepted the old song about the ant trying to move the rubber tree plant, a cockroach sweating onto coffee beans should have worked for us. Even in the 60's this would have been hard to listen to. But as I said at the beginning, the singers were amazing. Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit, and Tom Wopat could just pull this off. Aaron Tveit was so talented and likeable. His "Goodbye" song could make you cry; he was that good. Oh, and Tom Wopat was the real Luke Duke from the Dukes of Hazzards TV show. You'd never know it now.

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