St. James Theatre, (10/29/2009 - 1/17/2010)

First Preview: Oct 08, 2009
Opening Date: Oct 29, 2009
Closing Date: Jan 17, 2010
Total Previews: 22
Total Performances: 92

Category: Musical, Comedy, Revival, Broadway
Setting: Rainbow Valley, Missitucky.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director)

Produced by David Richenthal, Jack Viertel, Alan D. Marks, Michael Speyer, Bernard Abrams, David M. Milch, Stephen Moore, Debbie Bisno/Myla Lerner and Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director); Produced in association with Melly Garcia, Jamie deRoy, Jon Bierman, Richard Driehaus, Kevin Spirtas, Jay Binder and StageVentures 2009 Limited Partnership; Associate Producer: Andrew Hartman and Gail Lawrence

Based on the presentation by New York City Center Encores!

Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy; Music by Burton Lane; Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg; Book adapted by Arthur Perlman; Original adaptation for New York City Center Encores! by David Ives; Original Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett and Don Walker; Vocal arrangements by Rob Berman; Original Vocal Arrangements: Lyn Murray; Original Dance Music Arrangements: Trude Rittman; Associate Musical Dir.: David Gursky

Directed by Warren Carlyle; Choreographed by Warren Carlyle; Associate Director: Seth Sklar-Heyn; Associate Choreographer: Parker Esse

Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty; Costume Design by Toni-Leslie James; Lighting Design by Ken Billington; Sound Design by Scott Lehrer; Hair and Wig Design by Wendy Parson; Make-Up Design by Wendy Parson; Associate Costume Design: Neno Russell; Associate Lighting Design: Anthony Pearson

Executive Producer: Nicole Kastrinos; General Manager: Frankel Green Theatrical Management; Company Manager: Kathy Lowe; Associate Co. Mgr: Maia Sutton

Technical Supervisor: Hudson Theatrical Associates; Production Stage Manager: Tripp Phillips; Stage Manager: Jason Hindelang

Musical Coordinator: Seymour "Red" Press; Musical Supervisor: Rob Berman; Conducted by Rob Berman; Associate Conductor: David Gursky; Concert Master: Suzanne Ornstein; Violins: Maura Giannini, Kristina Musser and Mineko Yajima; Viola (1): Richard Brice; Violas: Shelley Holland-Moritz; Cellos: Roger Shell and Deborah Assael; Harp: Anna Reinersman; Woodwinds: Steven Kenyon, Dennis Anderson, James Ercole, Kenneth Adams and John Winder; Trumpets: Dave Stahl and Ken Rampton; Trombones: Wayne Goodman and Robert Suttmann; French Horns: Leise Anschuetz Ballou and Nancy Billmann; Keyboards: David Gursky and Joshua Clayton; Bass: John Beal; Drums and Percussion: Billy Miller

Casting: Jay Binder and Nikole Vallins; General Press Representative: Richard Kornberg and Don Summa; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Marketing: Type A Marketing; Dance Captain: Elisa Van Duyne

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Opening Night Cast

Kate BaldwinSharon McLonergan
Guy DavisSunny
Alina FayeSusan Mahoney
Cheyenne JacksonWoody Mahoney
Jim NortonFinian McLonergan
Brian ReddySheriff
David SchrammSenator Rawkins
Terri WhiteDottie
William YoumansBuzz Collins
Chuck CooperBill Rawkins
Christopher FitzgeraldOg
Tanya BirlBetty
Sharecropper
Christopher BorgerHenry
Meggie CanslerMeg
Sharecropper
Bernard DotsonFirst Gospeleer
George
Sharecropper
Leslie Donna FlesnerMelinda
Sharecropper
Sara Jean FordArlene
Sharecropper
Taylor FreyWhite Geologist
Jack
Sharecropper
Lisa GajdaRose
Sharecropper
Kearran GiovanniSuzanne
Sharecropper
Tim HartmanMr. Shears
John
the Preacher
Tyrick Wiltez JonesHoward
Sharecropper
Kevin LigonMr. Robust
Frank
Sharecropper
Monica L. PattonCharlotte
Sharecropper
Joe Aaron ReidBlack Geologist
Jesse
Sharecropper
Devin RichardsThird Gospeleer
Eugene
Sharecropper
Steve SchepisDeputy
Sam
Sharecropper
Rashidra ScottDolores
Sharecropper
Paige SimunovichDiana
James StovallPreacher
Second Gospeleer
Willie
Sharecropper

Understudies: Aaron Bantum (Diana, Henry), Bernard Dotson (Bill Rawkins), Leslie Donna Flesner (Susan Mahoney), Sara Jean Ford (Sharon McLonergan), Taylor Frey (Woody Mahoney), Lisa Gajda (Susan Mahoney), Tim Hartman (Finian McLonergan), Lauren Lim Jackson (Dottie), Grasan Kingsberry (Sunny), Kevin Ligon (Buzz Collins, Senator Rawkins, Sheriff), Devin Richards (Sunny), Steve Schepis (Og), Rashidra Scott (Dottie), Brian Sears (Buzz Collins, Og, Sheriff, Woody Mahoney), James Stovall (Bill Rawkins), Elisa Van Duyne (Sharon McLonergan) and William Youmans (Finian McLonergan)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2010 Best Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by David Richenthal, Jack Viertel, Alan D. Marks, Michael Speyer, Bernard Abrams, David M. Milch, Stephen Moore, Debbie Bisno/Myla Lerner and Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director); Produced in association with Melly Garcia, Jamie deRoy, Jon Bierman, Richard Driehaus, Kevin Spirtas, Jay Binder and StageVentures 2009 Limited Partnership

 2010 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Kate Baldwin

 2010 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Christopher Fitzgerald

Drama Desk Award

 2010 Outstanding Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by David Richenthal, Jack Viertel, Alan D. Marks, Michael Speyer, Bernard Abrams, David M. Milch, Stephen Moore, Debbie Bisno/Myla Lerner and Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director); Produced in association with Melly Garcia, Jamie deRoy, Jon Bierman, Richard Driehaus, Kevin Spirtas, Jay Binder and StageVentures 2009 Limited Partnership

 2010 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Cheyenne Jackson

 2010 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Kate Baldwin

winner 2010 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Christopher Fitzgerald

 2010 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Terri White

 2010 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Warren Carlyle

 2010 Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical [nominee] 

Sound Design by Scott Lehrer

 2010 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 

Warren Carlyle

Songs

music by Burton Lane; lyrics by E.Y. Harburg

ACT 1 Sung By
This Time of the Year Sharecroppers
How Are Things in Glocca Morra?Sharon McLonergan
Look to the RainbowSharon McLonergan, Finian McLonergan, Woody Mahoney and Sharecroppers
Old Devil Moon Woody Mahoney and Sharon McLonergan
How Are Things in Glocca Morra? (Reprise) Sharon McLonergan
Something Sort of Grandish Og and Sharon McLonergan
If This Isn't LoveWoody Mahoney, Sharon McLonergan, Finian McLonergan and Sharecroppers
Something Sort of Grandish (Reprise) Og, Henry and Diana
Necessity Dottie, Women and Sunny
That Great 'Come-and-Get-It' DayWoody Mahoney, Sharon McLonergan, Preacher, Henry and Sharecroppers
ACT 2 Sung By
When the Idle Poor Become the Idle RichFinian McLonergan, Sharon McLonergan and Sharecroppers
Old Devil Moon (Reprise) Woody Mahoney and Sharon McLonergan
Dance of the Golden CrockSusan Mahoney and Sunny
The BegatThe Three Gospeleers and Bill Rawkins
Look to the Rainbow (Reprise) Woody Mahoney, Sharon McLonergan and Sharecroppers
When I'm Not Near the Girl I LoveOg
How Are Things in Glocca Morra? (Reprise) Woody Mahoney, Sharon McLonergan and Company

Reviews


AP: "Charms of 'Finian's Rainbow' remain undiminished"

That delectable bit of musical-theater blarney called "Finian's Rainbow" has found its way back to Broadway for the first time in nearly half a century, its charms undiminished, particularly its buoyant score.

This latest revival, which opened Thursday at the St.Jaes Teare hs rfrshng rtr feltoit Ter'snoflshy taging or gargantuan scenic designs to distract from the handiwork of director-choreographer Warren Carlyle, who has elected to tell the story as simply and sweetly as possible.

And sweet, with just the right amount of impishness, is what best describes the ever-youthful score by Burton Lane (music) and E.Y. Harburg (lyrics). The American songbook gained a couple of classics with such Harburg-Lane confections as "Old Devil Moon," ''How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" and "Look to the Rainbow."

And it's superbly sung, starting with a radiant Kate Baldwin as that spirited lass, Sharon McLonergan, who travels from Ireland with her scamp of father, Finian, played by a perpetually twinkling Jim Norton. They have come to seek their fortune in America, specifically to a place called Rainbow Valley in the mythical state of Missitucky.

Actually, Finian has brought their fortune with them, a crock of gold he stole from a leprechaun and hopes to bury it near Fort Knox — so it will grow. That's the fairy tale part of the story, especially when the green elf follows them to reclaim his treasure.

But Harburg and co-book writer Fred Saidy have a little socio-economic and racial tweaking to do, too. So their plot (with a bit of present-day assistance from Harburg expert Arthur Perlman) also concerns a bigoted white U.S. senator who plans to foreclose on the mostly black sharecroppers who work the land.

Along the way, these writers take some funny swipes at big business, easy credit (ripe now for serious rib-jabbing) and what oney oe t euaiz te iferncs etee pope.

heshreropes' champion is a robust union organizer named Woody Mahoney, played by the vocally potent Cheyenne Jackson, these days Broadway's leading man of choice. His duets with Baldwin are among the show's vocal highlights.

That's not to minimize the considerable talents of other cast members, especially Christopher Fitzgerald as Og, the understandably annoyed leprechaun who follows Finian to America. Fitzgerald, a comic song-and-dance man, knows how to steal scenes, particularly when he discovers he is turning mortal and outgrowing his elfin costume.

There are effective supporting contributions from Terri White, who growls out one of Harburg's more pungent lyrics, "Necessity;" Alina Faye as Woody's silent, yet fleet-footed sister; David Schramm as the unenlightened senator; and Chuck Cooper as Schramm's surprising counterpart.

Cooper and a trio of Gospelers — Bernard Dotson, James Stovall and Devin Richards — also score with "The Begat," with Harburg finding terrific musical-comedy fodder in that most biblical of verbs.

Carlyle first did the show earlier this year as part of the City Center "Encores!" series, and much of the cast is the same. But all the changes for Broadway have enhanced the musical.

By today's more frantic standards, the slight story of "Finian's Rainbow" may feel a bit sedate. But relax and let the emerald-green enchantment of Lane's lush melodies and Harburg's fanciful lyrics wash over you. Their warm glow provide a special kind of stage magic.


AP
10/29/2009

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