At Irish Repertory Theatre, a revival of the classic musical that follows the adventures of an Irishman and his daughter who hope to strike it rich in America using a pot of gold stolen from a leprechaun.
From the producers: The groundbreaking 1947 musical follows an Irishman who steals a feisty leprechaun’s pot of gold and escapes with his daughter, Sharon, to Missitucky, a mythical region, part of the Jim Crow South. The daughter and the sprite each find romance with others, but also encounter bigotry, economic disparity and cultural injustice
The original Broadway production of Finian's Rainbow opened in 1947 at the 46th Street Theatre, where it ran for 725 performances. David Wayne won both the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, the first one ever given, for his performance as Og. The show also received Tonys for Best Conductor and Musical Director and Best Choreography.
Tony nominee Melissa Errico ("High Society," "Amour") leads a cast that includes William Bellamy, Kimberly Doreen Burns, Dewey Caddell, Peyton Crim, Mark Evans, Matt Gibson, Angela Grovey, Ken Jennings, Ramone Owens, Kyle Taylor Parker, Ryan Silverman and Lyrica Woodruff.
What is the Irish Rep? Occasionally, a group of artists finds a large room somewhere in the city, and settles down there for a decade or so to stage the plays that they like, in the manner that they enjoy making them. That's the case here. Though it's one of the smaller shops among the long-running Off-Broadway companies, these folks have been staging Irish drama in these rooms for 25 years, and the enjoyment can be infectious. More here.
Big-hearted...The score is one of the most enduringly delicious ever concocted for an American musical. The book is more perishable, a mix of high whimsy and topical satire. The show may sound hokey when it speaks, but when it raises its voice to sing, it flies to immortal heights.
Time Out New York
The 13 unamplified cast members are in superb voice throughout. It's hard to pick highlights. Truly, no number is a dud. There's no denying that this is a modest mounting...and yet, this seems to be the ideal way to experience "Finian's" ample charms. Not everything about the story works...but somehow those problems evaporate like mist, revealing a "grandish" "Rainbow."