The cast and orchestra of the 2009 revival, which closed at the St. James Theatre on Jan. 17, went into a Manhattan studio Dec. 7, 2009, to preserve their work.
Prior to Feb. 2, the disc, produced by Tommy Krasker on the PS Classics label, was available only for a couple of days at the St. James.
This is the first fully orchestrated stereo cast recording of the original 1947 score, with the original orchestrations; a revised version of the score (with slightly updated lyrics) was recorded in the 1960s.
The cast album tracks include:
"This Time of the Year"
"How Are Things in Glocca Morra?"
"Look to the Rainbow"
"Look to the Rainbow" (Dance)
"Old Devil Moon"
"Something Sort of Grandish"
"If This Isn't Love"
"Something Sort of Grandish" (Reprise)
Intro to "Necessity"
"That Great 'Come-and-Get-It' Day"
"When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich"
"Old Devil Moon" (Reprise)
"Dance of the Golden Crock" (Arranged by Guy Davis)
"Look to the Rainbow" (Reprise)
"When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love"
Finale Ultimo The CD package includes a New Yorker essay by John Lahr, plot synopsis by Arthur Perlman, complete lyrics and a slew of color photos.
Finian's Rainbow has a book by Yip Harburg and Fred Saidy; lyrics by Yip Harburg; music by Burton Lane; with (for this revival) book adaptation by Arthur Perlman. The 2009 staging had its roots in a spring 2008 City Center Encores! concert; that concert adaptation was penned by David Ives.
The production starred Jim Norton (Finian), Kate Baldwin (Sharon), Cheyenne Jackson (Woody), Christopher Fitzgerald (Og) and Chuck Cooper (Bill), plus Guy Davis, Alina Faye, Brian Reddy, David Schramm, Terri White and William Youmans.
Finian's Rainbow opened at Broadway's St. James Theatre on Oct. 29, 2009, to enthusiastic reviews.
The musical boasts such classic songs as "Old Devil Moon," "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?," "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love (I Love the Girl I'm Near)," "Look to the Rainbow" and "If This Isn't Love."
In October, PS Classics released the debut solo album of Finian's leading lady Kate Baldwin, "Let's See What Happens," which features songs by Lane and Harburg.
Founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker & Philip Chaffin, and a four-time Grammy nominee (for its cast albums of Assassins, Nine: The Musical, Grey Gardens and Company), PS Classics celebrates the heritage of Broadway and American popular song through its critically acclaimed cast recordings; solo albums by such luminaries as Maureen McGovern, Victoria Clark, Jessica Molaskey and Christine Andreas; and recordings drawn from rare sound archives, including "Sondheim Sings." Its most recent releases include solo albums by Liz Callaway, Rebecca Luker, and Kate Baldwin, plus its all-star studio cast recording of Kitty's Kisses.
For more about PS Classics and its American Song and Broadway recordings, visit psclassics.com.