BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: GETTING SIRIUS WITH SETH: Rudetsky Gets Caught Up W/ CATCH ME'S Aaron Tveit, Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
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Rudetsky asked the creative team of Shaiman and Wittman how they came up with the idea of turning Steven Spielberg's 2002 film into a Broadway show. "One day we were in the Drama Book Shop and there was a coffee table book about the movie and on the cover was a picture of Leonardo DiCaprio amid a line of stewardesses," explained composer Marc Shaiman. "I said, 'Gee, that really looks just like a kick line!' "
"We just both realized there was so much there," added Wittman. "Obviously we love the 60's, the Rat Pack, Rock and Roll coming in a little more aggressively. And then there is the story of father and son looking for family. It just seemed to us like good stuff."
"Fortunately we had an "in" with Steven Spielberg," mused Shaiman. "We were able to call him at home and say we were interested and he said 'if you guys think it's a good idea, I'm all for it!'"
Casting Aaron Tveit as con man Frank Abagnale in the show was a match made in heaven. Tveit had made his Broadway debut as Link Larkin in another Shaiman & Wittman collaboration, HAIRSPRAY. He realized early on that acting on a Broadway stage was not quite what he had imagined it to be. "I found that it's really just people putting on a show who love to do theater and it just happens to be at the highest level and everyone's working really really hard. It's just in the spotlight a little more and there's a little more pressure."
Rudetsky asked the actor how having a small part in HAIRSPRAY differs from having a "big, fat part" in his current show. "Well in my own head, I HAD a big fat part in HAIRSPRAY," joked Tveit. "It's just that the audience didn't get to see it. I was getting upstaged by myself. So now, it's just people getting to see what's going on in my head a little more!"
Tveit is thrilled with the opportunity to play the complex character of Abagnale and he loves the challenge of navigating between talking directly to the theater audience and dropping back into the scene. "I feel like I find new stuff everyday," he says. "It's just such an interesting thing I get to do every night."
Sirius/XM's Live On Broadway with Catch Me If You Can's Aaron Tveit, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will air exclusively on Sirius/XM Channel 72 on Friday, May 27 at 7 PM ET with encore presentations on Sunday, May 29 at 11 PM ET, Tuesday, May 31 at 7AM and Wednesday June 1 at 12 noon ET.
SIRIUS XM LIVE ON BROADWAY is hosted by Seth Rudetsky & records live every Wednesday at noon at the Broadway Concierge & Ticket Center, located inside the Times Square Information Center, 1560 Broadway, between 46th & 47th Street, in between the Palace Theatre and McDonalds. It is free to the public.
Video clip courtesy of SIRIUS XM/The Broadway League. For more information on The Broadway League, visit www.ILoveNYTheater.com.