Cheyenne Jackson to Star in Broadway's Finian's Rainbow

By Andrew Gans
22 Jul 2009

Cheyenne Jackson
Cheyenne Jackson

Rising theatre star Cheyenne Jackson will reprise his role of Woody in the upcoming Broadway production of Finian's Rainbow, according to a July 22 press announcement.

Jackson had played the part in this past season's City Center Encores! engagement.

As previously reported, the fall Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow the 1947 musical comedy satire by Burton Lane, Fred Saidy and E.Y. Harburg will play Broadway's St. James Theatre.

The production, an expanded version of the March City Center Encores! concert, will begin previews Oct. 8 with an official opening Oct. 29. Tickets are currently on sale through Jan. 3, 2010, by visiting Telecharge.com.

The cast will also feature Wonderful Town's Kate Baldwin (Sharon) and The Seafarer Tony winner Jim Norton (Finian), who starred in the Encores! run, as well as Young Frankenstein Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as the leprechaun Og and Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper (The Life) as Billboard.



David Richenthal and Jack Viertel will produce the Broadway transfer. Warren Carlyle (A Tale of Two Cities), who helmed the Encores! staging, will again direct and choreograph. Rob Berman will also repeat his duties as musical director.

Finian's Rainbow, according to press notes, "tells the story of the Irishman Finian McLonergan and his daughter Sharon 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 score boasts such tunes as "Look to the Rainbow," "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.

Cheyenne Jackson, who was seen in the film "United 93," has appeared on Broadway in Xanadu, All Shook Up, Aida and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He starred in the premiere cast of Altar Boyz, and his regional credits include West Side Story, The Most Happy Fella, Children of Eden, Hair, Carousel, Damn Yankees and Kismet. Jackson is a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices and was seen Off-Broadway in The Agony and the Agony and at City Center in Damn Yankees and Finian's Rainbow.

The St. James Theatre is located at 246 West 44th Street.

Tickets are $35-$75 in previews and $50-$120 post-opening. There are also special post-opening Wednesday evening prices as low as $25. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.telecharge.com or by phoning (212) 239-6200.