Monday, July 4, 2011
Review: Catch Me, I Got Scammed
I spent the evening before my ten out of twelve at the Neil Simon theater. I decided it was finally time to see Catch Me If You Can. For what seems like the first year in ages, I didn't catch the season's Tony nominees before the awards so I needed to do some make up work. Hence my attendance. The Tony Awards were slaughtered by the behemoth that is The Book of Mormon, but Norbert Leo Butz stole a Tony Award away from both Mormon boys, and the well deserving Tony Sheldon. The hype for his win was there, so I was expecting this brilliant show stealing performance. And boy was I in for a shock! Not only did Butz steal the David Hyde Pierce Award (a reference to David Hyde Pierce's win for Curtains over the much acclaimed Raul Esparza in Company), but his character is nowhere near a lead compared to the brilliant performance by Aaron Tveit. Not only should Tveit have been nominated, he would have given Tony Sheldon a run for his money. Tveit is the new Broadway golden boy. A triple threat to say the least. He was charming and sexy in all the right places. And his voice can hit the notes the average man should not with perfection. I wanted Tveit's Frank Abagnale Jr. to beat Butz's Carl Hanratty, but since it's based on a real story, we all know that's not the case.