I don't greet this news with the jaw-dropping astonishment I felt when I reported on the pending musical version of Showgirls, but I am scratching my head a bit. Not that I think it's necessarily a bad idea either, but I just don't understand what there was about Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can that made somebody say: "This is great, but it would be even better if DiCaprio was leaping like a gazelle and Hanks was delivering his lines in a deep baritone. And maybe they could all dress like cats ..." This, of course, is one of the many reasons why I don't work on Broadway.

Apparently someone has given this some serious thought because, according to fansite Spielbergfilms.com, the staged musical version of Catch Me If You Can may finally have an opening date. The production has been in development for several years, but the show is likely to debut in the Spring of 2008. Written by Terrence McNally, Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, the show will be directed by Jack O'Brien with choreography by Jerry Mitchell. Casting has not been completed, but names like Nathan Lane, Christine Ebersole, Tom Wopat and Matthew Morrison have been connected to the project during its pre-production phase in 2005-2006.

The songs that will be performed in the show include:
"The Real Truth Lies"
"Fifty Checks"
"Last December in Montrichard"
"Someone Else's Skin"
"Jet Set"
"I Don't Get It"
"You Gotta Pay for Love"
"The Man Inside the Clues"
"Butter Outta Cream"
"My Favorite Time of Year"
"Don't Be A Stranger"
"Doctor's Orders"
"Seven Wonders"
"Breaking All the Rules"
"Bury Me Beside the One I Love"
"Fly, Fly Away"
"Running Together, Never Apart "
"Butter Outta Cream Reprise"

For those who haven't seen the film, it tells the true story of Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) who at an early age impersonated an airline pilot, a doctor, an assistant attorney general and a history professor. Tom Hanks plays Carl Hanratty, the FBI agent who pursues Abagnale.