Norton, Baldwin and Jackson Cast in Encores! Finian's Rainbow

News   Norton, Baldwin and Jackson Cast in Encores! Finian's Rainbow Initial casting has been announced for the City Center Encores! production of Finian's Rainbow, which will play the famed Manhattan venue March 26-29.
Cheyenne Jackson
Cheyenne Jackson

The cast of the final Encores! production of the season will be headed by Jim Norton (Finian), Kate Baldwin (Sharon) and Cheyenne Jackson (Woody).

The production will be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle with music direction by Rob Berman.

Finian's Rainbow has music by Burton Lane, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and a book by Harburg and Fred Saidy. The musical, according to press notes, tells "the story of the Irishman Finian McLonergan (Jim Norton), and his daughter Sharon (Kate Baldwin) who travel to a small Southern town in the mythical state of Missitucky with plans to bury a stolen pot of gold in the shadows of Fort Knox, in the mistaken belief it will grow and multiply. They have been followed from Ireland by the owner of the gold, a leprechaun, who shows up determined to recover his treasure. The musical is unusual in that it deals in a satirical way with issues of class and race, most specifically in the character of a bigoted southern senator who is accidentally turned black."

The score boasts such tunes as "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?," "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love (I Love the Girl I'm Near)," "Old Devil Moon" and "If This Isn't Love."

The original production of Finian's Rainbow opened at the 46th Street Theatre on Jan. 10, 1947, and played 725 performances. Michael Kidd won a Tony Award for Best Choreography. Jim Norton won Tony and Olivier Awards for his performance in The Seafarer and an Olivier Award for his work in The Weir. Kate Baldwin has been seen on Broadway in Wonderful Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Full Monty. Cheyenne Jackson's Broadway credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, All Shook Up and Xanadu (Drama League and Drama Desk nominations) as well as the Encores! Summer Stars production of Damn Yankees.

Show times are March 26 at 8 PM, March 27 at 8 PM, March 28 at 2 and 8 PM and March 29 at 6:30 PM.

For tickets, priced $25-$95, call (212) 581-1212 or visit www.nycitycenter.org. City Center is located in Manhattan on West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

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