• Sun, Jun 12 2011

Tony Awards: Norbert Leo Butz and Aaron Tveit in ‘Catch Me If You Can’

Next to Normal‘s Aaron Tveit introduces the Catch Me If You Can Tonys number, but it’s good that he ultimately deferred to co-star Norbert Leo Butz. While Tveit plays Frank Abagnale, Jr. — Leonardo DiCaprio‘s role in the 2002 film — the true star of this song-and-dance number was Butz.

You might recognize him for originating the role of Fiyero in Wicked, but he left the show in 2004. While some actors cycle in and out of Broadway, it seems that Butz has continued to grow on the stage. Only seven years ago he was playing a typical male lead, yet now he’s clearly showing his age — in the best way. Following Tom Hanks as FBI bank fraud agent Carl Hanratty, Butz is wonderfully nervous and stridently law-abiding. And boy, can he dance! Be sure to check out the video.

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