Tuesday, February 19, 2013

It's Mega March at the Pantages with Two Great Musicals

Catch Me If You Can
Two terrific touring productions land at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood this March. First, Catch Me If You Can will play from March 12 – 24, followed by a return engagement of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast March 26 – April 7. Catch Me If You Can captures the astonishing true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a world-class con artist who passed himself off as a doctor, a lawyer, and a jet pilot - all before the age of 21. With straight-arrow FBI agent Carl Hanratty on Frank’s trail, we’re off on a jet-setting, cat-and-mouse chase, as a jazzy, swinging-sixties score keeps this adventure in constant motion.  In the end, Agent Hanratty learns he and Frank aren’t so very different after all, and Frank finds out what happens when love catches up to a man on the run.

It features book by Terrence McNally, an irresistible score by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, choreography by Jerry Mitchell, and direction by Jack O’Brien. Frank Abagnale, Jr. is played by Stephen Anthony and Carl Hanratty, the FBI agent who is always on Frank's tracks, is played by Merritt David Janes. The cast also includes Aubrey Mae Davis (Brenda Strong), Dominic Fortuna (Frank Abagnale, Sr.), Caitlin Maloney (Paula Abagnale), Amy Burgmaier (Carol Strong), D. Scott Withers (Roger Strong), Travis Mitchell (Agent Branton), Ben Laxton (Agent Dollar), Derrick Parks (Agent Cod), along with Esther M. Antoine, Amanda Braun, Ashley Chasteen, Taylor Collins, Vanessa Dunleavy, Michael Graceffa, Colleen Hayes, Mary Claire King, Trevor Leaderbrand, Casey Renee Rogers, Daniel J. Self, Allyson Tolbert, Nadia Vynnytsky and Bradley Allan Zarr. Tickets are available at www.HollywoodPantages.com.
    
Beauty and the Beast
Following Catch Me If You Can, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast returns to the Pantages by popular demand for a limited 2 week engagement March 26 – April 7. The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring production directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Natasha Katz, scenic design by Stanley A. Meyer, sound design by John Petrafesa Jr. and music supervision by Michael Kosarin. It features the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.



Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. Hilary Maiberger and Darick Pead will star as Belle and Beast. The cast also includes Erin Edelle as Mrs. Potts, Shani Hadjian as Madame de la Grande Bouche, Joe Hager as Gaston, Jimmy Larkin as Lefou, Jessica Lorion as Babette, William A. Martin as Maurice, James May as Cogsworth, and Hassan Nazari-Robati as Lumiere. Charlie Jones and Gabriel Reis will alternate in the role of Chip. For tickets, please visit www.HollywoodPantages.com. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd., just east of Vine Street.

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