By Kenneth Jones
17 Jan 2010
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Finian's Rainbow opened Oct. 29, 2009, at Broadway's St. James Theatre to some of the best reviews of the season.
The producers David Richenthal, Jack Viertel and Alan D. Marks stated Dec. 30, "Despite the rave reviews and extraordinarily positive audience reception, the economic realities of Broadway today do not allow us to play at the St. James as long as we would have hoped. We are thrilled, however, that our gorgeous musical score — performed by our incredible cast and brilliant orchestra — lives on in our soon to be released cast album."
The Green Day rock musical American Idiot will move into the St. James, a coveted large musical theatre house, in the spring.
The production, which sprouted from a spring 2009 concert presented in the City Center Encores! series, stars stars Jim Norton (Finian), Kate Baldwin (Sharon), Cheyenne Jackson (Woody), Christopher Fitzgerald (Og) and Chuck Cooper (Bill). Fitzgerald and Cooper did not appear in the Encores! run.
Here's how the show is billed: "With a sparkling score of beloved standards and a whimsical story that dances between romance, satire, and fairy tale, Finian's Rainbow is a musical theatre treasure. Set in the mythical southern state of Missitucky, Finian's Rainbow pits a charming Irish dreamer and his headstrong daughter against the host of complications that await them in their newly adopted land: a bigoted Southern senator, a credit crisis, a pesky leprechaun, and, of course, a complicated love affair that gives birth to some of the most witty, charming and heartfelt songs ever written for the stage."
The score features such standards 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."
Finian's Rainbow plays the St. James Theatre, 246 West 44th Street. For tickets, visit www.telecharge.com or phone (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.FiniansOnBroadway.com.