What Do Critics Think of the Finian’s Rainbow Revival?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of the Finian’s Rainbow Revival?
The Irish Repertory Theatre staging is adapted and directed by Charlotte Moore and stars Tony nominee Melissa Errico.
Melissa Errico in FINIAN'S RAINBOW at Irish Rep. Photo by Carol Rosegg.jpg
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The Irish Repertory Theatre revival of Finian’s Rainbow, adapted by artistic director Charlotte Moore, officially opened November 6 starring Tony nominee Melissa Errico.

In Finian’s Rainbow, an Irishman and his daughter hope to strike it rich in America by using a pot of gold stolen from a leprechaun. The musical, which began previews Off-Broadway October 26, features music by Burton Lane, a book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, and lyrics by Harburg. Moore also directs the Off-Broadway staging, and Barry McNabb choreographs.

The cast also includes William Bellamy as a Gospeleer, Kimberly Doreen Burns (Grease national tour) as Lilly Mae, Dewey Caddell (This Life) as Senator, Peyton Crim (A Crime to Remember) as Sheriff, Mark Evans (High School Musical) as Og, Matt Gibson (Gypsy) as Buzz Collins, Angela Grovey (Leap of Faith) as Sallyann, Ken Jennings (Sweeney Todd) as Finian, Ramone Owens (Motown the Musical) as a Gospeleer, Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots) as a Gospeleer, Ryan Silverman (Passion) as Woody, and Lyrica Woodruff (Switched at Birth) as Susan the Silent.

Read what critics thought below:

Deadline (Jeremy Gerard)
The New York Times (Ben Brantley)
Time Out New York (Raven Snook)

Scroll through production photos below:

The staging features scenic design by James Morgan (Cagney), costume design by David Toser (Natural Affection), and lighting design by Mary Jo Dondlinger (New Girl in Town at Irish Rep). John Bell (Fiddler on the Roof) serves as music supervisor, with Stephen Gabis (Heisenberg) as dialect coach.

Tickets to Finian’s Rainbow range from $50-$70 and are on sale through Irish Rep’s box office by calling (212) 727-2737 or online at irishrep.org.

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