Finian's Rainbow Cast Album Recorded Dec. 7; Disc Will Be in Stores Feb. 2

By Kenneth Jones
07 Dec 2009

Kate Baldwin and Cheyenne Jackson
Kate Baldwin and Cheyenne Jackson
Photo by Joan Marcus

The cast and musicians of Broadway's acclaimed Finian's Rainbow head into a Manhattan studio Dec. 7 to preserve their work on a new cast album of the classic Yip Harburg-Burton Lane score.

The album release date is Feb. 2, 2010, though the disc will be at the St. James Theatre three weeks before that. The new Broadway cast album will be produced by Tommy Krasker for PS Classics.

This will be the first fully orchestrated stereo cast recording of the 1947 score, with the original orchestrations; a revised version of the score (with slightly updated lyrics) was recorded in the 1960s.

Finian's Rainbow has a book by Yip Harburg and Fred Saidy; lyrics by Yip Harburg; music by Burton Lane; with book adaptation by Arthur Perlman and original adaptation for New York City Center Encores! by David Ives.

The revival is directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. Musical supervision and vocal arrangements are by Rob Berman. Original orchestrations are by Robert Russell Bennett and Don Walker.



The production stars 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.

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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 information, visit www.psclassics.com.

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Finian's Rainbow plays the St. James Theatre, 246 West 44th Street. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM, and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.telecharge.com or by phoning (212) 239-6200.

For groups, phone (212) 541-8457 or (800)-BROADWAY.

For more information about Finian's Rainbow, visit www.FiniansOnBroadway.com.