Irish Repertory Theatre presents Finian's Rainbow: In Concert June 13 at 7 PM at The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St.
The benefit for the Off-Broadway company is hosted by Saoirse Ronan and features performances by members of the 2004 Irish Rep cast in their original roles: Melissa Errico as Sharon, Malcolm Gets as Og, David Staller as the Narrator and Max von Essen as Woody. They are joined by Tony Award winner Jim Norton, who played Finian in the 2009 Broadway revival of the show, plus Megan Fairchild of New York City Ballet as Susan the Silent.
The cast also includes Michael Rosen, Matt Gibson, Dewey Caddell, Angela Grovey, Jelani Alladin, Nicholas Ward, Jonathan Burke, Nkrumha Gatling and Guy Davis with Diana Rose Becker, Danny Bristoll, Gary Brown, Cicily Daniels, Taylor N. Daniels, Marisa Dargahi, Daniel Dunlow, Katie Fabel, Aimée Fortier, Kenneth Quinney Francoeur, Emily Jenda, Sarita Lilly, Tom Lucca, Jayne Lynch, Mary Malaney, Eibhilín O’Reilly, Olivia O’Reilly, Georga L. Osborne, Roger Reed, Lindsie VanWinkle, Val Williams and John-Michael Zuerlein.
The Irish Rep’s Gala honors Ellen McCourt, who has been the company’s Board Chair for the past ten years.
The 1947 musical Finian's Rainbow, which was penned by Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, follows an “Irishman who steals a feisty leprechaun’s pot of gold and escapes with his daughter, Sharon, to Missitucky, a mythical region in the United States that is part of the Jim Crow South. The daughter and the sprite each find romance with others, but also encounter bigotry, economic disparity and cultural injustice.” Songs include “Old Devil Moon,” “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” and “Look to the Rainbow.”
The evening is directed by Charlotte Moore with musical direction by John Bell.
Single tickets start at $100 and are on sale at IrishRep.org or by calling (212) 727-2737.
(Updated June 13, 2016)