GORHAM– Frank Abagnale Jr. can be anything he dreams when he grows up … if he doesn’t get caught first. The University of SouthernMaine Department of Theatre and School of Music will present theMaine premiere of the musical “Catch Me If You Can,” March 13-22, inRussell Hall on the USM Gorham campus.

“Catch Me If You Can” is based on an astonishing real-life storyand the hit DreamWorks film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of Frank Abagnale Jr. and Tom Hanks in the role of the crack FBI agent CarlHanratty. The musical features book by Terrence McNally, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The USMproduction is directed by Wil Kilroy, USM professor of theatre; with musical direction by Edward Reichert, USM lecturer in musical theatre; and choreography by Vanessa Beyland, USM artist faculty in theatre. 

“Frank Abagnale Jr. was only a teenager when he began his successfulcareers as an airline pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer, without ever going to college,” Kilroy said. “The musical tells the story with upbeatmusic and energetic dance numbers, complete with high-kickingstewardesses, jazzy nurses and dancing doctors.”

In the musical,  Abagnale Jr. ditches suburban life for a high-class world of glitz and glamour — and fake IDs, forged checks and a tail by the FBI. The world-class con artist successfully poses as apilot, a doctor and a lawyer, winning the hearts of women and the trust of men, all while playing a cat-and-mouse game with FBI agent Carl Hanratty. The fast-paced musical features a score of infectious,
hard-driving jazz and glorious big-band sound by the dream team behind the Tony Award-winning musical, “Hairspray,” and NBC’s musical drama, “Smash.”

Musical director Reichert will lead a band of 10 USM students and alumni, featuring Kellie Moody, USM School of Music alumnus, class of 2014, as the associate musical director.

Show times, March 13-22, are:  7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14; 5 p.m., Sunday, March 15; 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 18 (all seats $10)
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 19-21 and 5 p.m., Sunday, March 22. 
Tickets are $21, general public; $15, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $10
Call the USM Theatre Box Office at (207) 780-5151 or go to

“Catch Me If You Can” is presented on the main stage of Russell
Hall on the USM Gorham campus at 37 College Ave., Gorham.

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