Finian’s Rainbow Broadway BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
October 29, 2009
Closing:
January 17, 2009

Theater: St. James Theatre / 246 West 44th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

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.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Finian’s Rainbow Broadway

    October 28, 2009: "Leaves are decaying in soggy piles in the city’s parks, and the first cold snap has come and gone, awakening anxiety about the prospect of a chilly winter. But permanent sunshine can confidently be predicted for the vicinity of the St. James Theater, where the joyous revival of “Finian’s Rainbow” opened on Thursday night."

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Finian’s Rainbow Broadway

    October 28, 2009: "That delectable bit of musical-theater blarney called "Finian's Rainbow" has found its way back to Broadway for the first time in nearly half a century, its charms undiminished, particularly its buoyant score."

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF Finian’s Rainbow Broadway

    October 28, 2009: "Things are great in Glocca Morra. A theatrical pot of gold awaits anyone who enters the St. James Theatre, where the magical revival of "Finian's Rainbow" has opened. The classic musical, receiving its first Broadway revival in nearly half a century, has the kind of score, written by Burton Lane (music) and Yip Harburg (lyrics), that can still make any theatergoer swoon."

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF Finian’s Rainbow Broadway

    October 28, 2009: "What better time for a show that makes gentle mockery of that incurable habit of building the illusion of wealth on nothing more than a dream and a credit line, while also offering the rose-tinted consolation that such folly will turn out fine in the end? But it's not so much the uncanny appropriateness of its pixified fairy tale as the enveloping warmth of Burton Lane's melodies and the spry wit of Yip Harburg's lyrics that make "Finian's Rainbow" such an infectious charmer. Rather than try to get around the 1947 musical's daffy story by hammering the social satire, director-choreographer Warren Carlyle and his winning cast simply embrace its quaint idiosyncrasies."

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  • WALL STREET JOURNAL REVIEW OF Finian’s Rainbow Broadway

    October 28, 2009: "I don't think I've ever seen a more musically satisfying Broadway show than "Finian's Rainbow." Not only is the Yip Harburg-Burton Lane score a string of flawlessly cut gems, but everyone involved with the production takes the songs seriously, performing them with love and sensitivity. Best of all is Kate Baldwin, whose memorable appearances in such regional-theater productions as Huntington Theatre Company's 2008 revival of "She Loves Me" have made me wonder why she doesn't work regularly on Broadway. Ms. Baldwin is the real deal, a rich-voiced soprano who can also act. The way that she and Cheyenne Jackson sing "Old Devil Moon" is the stuff best-selling cast albums are made of."

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