Kate Baldwin & Cheyenne Jackson in 'Finian's Rainbow'
November 15, 2009
January 10, 2010
Finian McLonergan is in Missitucky burying a pot of gold, leprechaun Og is looking for the treasure and bigoted Senator Rawkins is trying to figure out why he’s suddenly black. Meanwhile, young lovers Sharon and Woody are falling in love to songs like “Old Devil Moon” and “If This Isn’t Love.”
Finian’s Rainbow premiered on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre in 1947, running for 725 performances. It was revived three times in the 1950s and 1960s at New York City Center and briefly in 2004 at off-Broadway’s Irish Repertory Theatre. The recent Broadway revival started as a 2009 concert staging by Encores! at City Center.
Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy; music by Burton Lane; lyrics by Harburg
David Richenthal, Jack Viertel, Alan D. Marks, Michael Speyer, Bernard Abrams, David M. Milch, Stephen Moore, Debbie Bisno/Myla Lerner and Jujamcyn Theaters
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Broadway Musical Revival
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Revival of a Musical
Plans for a 1950s animated film version of the musical, which was to feature the vocal talents of stars like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, were scrapped when director John Hubley refused to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.