By Andrew Gans
26 Oct 2010
Thomas Sabella-Mills directs the limited run with music direction by James Stenborg.
The cast features Michael Mahany, Gavriel Savit, Chad Ackerman, Rita Harvey, Steve Brady, Jody Cook, Anne Bobby, Jessica Wagner, Martin Hurt, Douglas B. Giorgis, Richard Rodgers, Zachary Unger, Roger Rifkin, John Grieco, Maria Maloney, Matthew Roscoe and Carly Zien.
"It is 1896," press notes state, "in the very poorest part of Ireland and Jamie McRuin (Michael Mahany) avoids a marriage arranged by Owen Roe Tavish (Gavriel Savit) in the only way an honorable man can — he commits suicide. BUT he is saved from drowning by a Fairy Queen who promises him three wishes — the first one is travel and he joins distant cousin O'Malley (Chad Ackerman) in Atlanta. There he meets his second wish — Maeve (Rita Harvey) — the girl he truly loves. BUT her father, Shiel Harrigan (Steve Brady), has already promised her to Randal (Jody Cook) who in his anger reveals the Harrigan family secret, also known by Aunt Bid (Anne Bobby) — Maeve is probably barren. BUT Jamie's third wish is to have a son. Jamie's 'widow-to-be,' Tirsa (Jessica Wagner), arrives from Ireland with her father, Tim (Martin Hurt) and Tavish finally arranges a successful marriage between her and Dennis (Douglas B. Giorgis) and they are blessed with a child. The local minister, Father Kerrigan (Richard Rodgers), is so disturbed by the visible strains to Jamie's marriage caused by childlessness that he suggests they adopt Kevin (Zachary Unger), the ten-year-old that Jess (Roger Rifkin) has abandoned. BUT, and BUT, and BUT and it all works out with no small help from John Grieco, Maria Maloney, Matthew Roscoe and Carly Zien."
The 1952 musical Three Wishes for Jamie features a book by Abe Burrows and Charles O'Neal, lyrics by Ralph Blane and music by Ralph Blane.
McGinn/Cazale is located at 2162 Broadway, between 76th and 77th Streets. For tickets, priced $25, visit www.iseats.net or call (212) 579-4230.