‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert,’ ‘Catch Me if you Can’ slated for Chicago stages
By HEDY WEISS Theater Criticemail@example.com June 25, 2012 8:02AM
Updated: June 25, 2012 8:04AM
For its 2013 spring season, Broadway in Chicago will be presenting the national touring productions of two recent high-spirited musicals --- the flashy jukebox spectacle, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” and the cat-and-mouse tale, “Catch Me If You Can.”
“Priscilla Queen of the Desert” (running March 19-31, 2013 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress), is based on the popular 1974 movie of the same name. It tells the story of two drag queens and a transsexual in the Australian outback who head out on “the trip of a lifetime” --- hopping a battered old bus as they go in search of love and friendship. The show, with more than 500 costumes awash in sequins, feathers and fringe, features such pop hits as “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive” and “Finally.”
“Catch Me If You Can” (running April 2-14, 2013 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph), is based on the DreamWorks film (and the true story that inspired it). At its center is Frank W. Abagnale Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. Using his charm and imagination, plus millions in forged checks, he convincingly poses as a pilot, doctor and lawyer, finding a way to live the high life and win his dream girl. All goes well until he attracts the notice of an FBI agent. The show features a book by Terrence McNally and a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (the “Hairspray” team).
Tickets for the shows will go on sale this fall. Group sales are now underway. Phone (312) 977-1710 or visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.