Wanna Cry: Finian's Rainbow's End Will Be Jan. 17

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30 Dec 2009

Kate Baldwin and Cheyenne Jackson
Kate Baldwin and Cheyenne Jackson
Joan Marcus

The critically-acclaimed new Broadway production of Finian's Rainbow will close on Jan. 17, 2010, producers David Richenthal, Jack Viertel and Alan D. Marks announced late Dec. 30.

By close, the production will have played 22 previews and 92 performances. A cast album from PS Classics will be released on Feb. 2.

Finian's Rainbow opened Oct. 29, 2009, at Broadway's St. James Theatre to some of the best reviews of the season.

The producers stated, "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."

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. It is directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle; musical direction is by Rob Berman.



The production sprouted from a spring concert presented in the City Center Encores! Series.

The production stars Jim Norton (Finian), Kate Baldwin (Sharon), Cheyenne Jackson (Woody), Christopher Fitzgerald (Og) and Chuck Cooper (Bill).

Finian's Rainbow’s cast and orchestra recorded the show on Dec. 7 for PS Classics.

Here's how the show is billed by the producers: "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. 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, visit www.FiniansOnBroadway.com.