Kate Baldwin & Cheyenne Jackson in 'Finian's Rainbow'
“Despite the rave reviews and extraordinarily positive audience reception, the economic realities of Broadway today do not allow us to play at the St. James as long as we would have hoped," the producers said in a statement. "We are thrilled, however, that our gorgeous musical score—performed by our incredible cast and brilliant orchestra—lives on in our soon to be released cast album.” The album, recorded by PS Classics in early December, is expected to be released in February 2010.
Finian's Rainbow, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, stars Cheyenne Jackson (as Woody), Kate Baldwin (Sharon), Jim Norton (Finian), Christopher Fitzgerald (Og) and Chuck Cooper (Bill). With a score of beloved standards and a whimsical story that dances between romance, satire and fairy tale, Finian’s Rainbow is set in the mythical southern state of Missitucky. It pits a charming Irish dreamer and his headstrong daughter against the host of complications that await them in their newly adopted land: a bigoted southern Senator, a credit crisis, a pesky leprechaun and, of course, a complicated love affair.
Finian's Rainbow, which opened on October 29, features a book by Yip Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Yip Harburg, music by Burton Lane, a book adaptation by Arthur Perlman and an original adaptation by David Ives.