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Finian's Rainbow

Finian's Rainbow

by Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy

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Finian's Rainbow

Finian's Rainbow




The charming, witty and heartfelt Irish classic.


Story:

Finian McLonergan and his daughter Sharon travel to Missitucky to bury a pot of gold, hoping it will grow and multiply there. However, they have been followed from Ireland by a leprechaun, who is determined to recover his treasure.


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Composer

Composer
Burton Lane

Lyricist

Lyricist and Librettist
E.Y. Harburg

Librettist

Librettist
Fred Saidy



  • Premiere
  • 1955
  • 1960
  • 2009
  • 1968 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
46th Street Theatre
Opening Night
Jan 10, 1947
Total Performances
725
Original Cast
Anita Alvarez, Eddie Bruce, Royal Dano, Jane Earle, William Greaves, Ella Logan, Tom McElhany, Robert Pitkin, Donald Richards, Elayne Richards, Albert Sharpe, Roland Skinner, Augustus Smith Jr., Arthur Tell, David Wayne, Diane Woods
Director
Bretaigne Windust
Choreographer
Michael Kidd
Orchestrations
Robert Russell Bennett and Don Walker
Scenic Design
Jo Mielziner
Costume Design
Eleanore Goldsmith
Lighting Design
Jo Mielziner

1955 Broadway Revival

Theatre
City Center
Opening Night
May 18, 1955
Total Performances
15
Original Cast
Jonelle Allen, Anita Alvarez, Frank Borgman, Eddie Bruce, John Bryan, Terry Carter, Donn Driver, James Elward, Helen Gallagher, Michael Gilford, Merv Griffin, Lynn-Rose Kohan, Will Mahoney, Oggie Small
Director
William Hammerstein
Choreographer
Onna White
Orchestrations
Robert Russell Bennett and Don Walker
Scenic Design
Howard Bay
Costume Design
Alvin Colt

1960 Broadway Revival

Theatre
46th Street Theatre
Opening Night
May 23, 1960
Original Cast
Anita Alvarez, Carol Brice, Jeannie Carson, Biff McGuire, Howard Morris, Bobby Howes, Patty Austin, Sorrell Booke, Eddie Bruce, Edgar Daniels, Michael Darden, Arthur Garrison, Tom McElhany, Jim McMillan, Joe Ross
Director
Herbert Ross
Choreographer
Herbert Ross
Orchestrations
Robert Russell Bennett and Don Walker
Scenic Design
Howard Bay
Costume Design
Stanley Simmons
Lighting Design
Howard Bay

2009 Broadway Revival

Theatre
St. James Theatre
Opening Night
Oct 29, 2009
Total Performances
92
Original Cast
Kate Baldwin, Guy Davis, Alina Faye, Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton, Brian Reddy, David Schramm, Terri White, William Youmans, Chuck Cooper, Christopher Fitzgerald
Director
Warren Carlyle
Choreographer
Warren Carlyle
Orchestrations
Robert Russell Bennett and Don Walker
Scenic Design
John Lee Beatty
Costume Design
Toni-Leslie James
Lighting Design
Ken Billington

1968 Film Version

Movie Name
Finian's Rainbow
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
Francis Ford Coppola
Screenplay
E.Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy
Starring
Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele, Don Francks, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Hancock, Al Freeman Jr., Ronald Colby, Dolph Sweet, Wright King, Louil Silas





CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
1960 Broadway Revival Cast Album

CD
2004 Off-Broadway Revival Cast Album

CD
2009 Broadway Revival Cast Album


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD


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1948 Tony Award Nominations

Conductor and Musical Director
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - David Wayne
Best Choreography

1947 Theatre World Award Nominations

David Wayne

1956 Tony Award Nominations

Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Will Mahoney

2010 Tony Award Nominations

Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical - Kate Baldwin
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical - Christopher Fitzgerald

2010 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Cheyenne Jackson
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Kate Baldwin
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Christopher Fitzgerald
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Terri White
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical

2010 Drama League Award Nominations

Distinguished Revival of a Musical
Distinguished Performance Award - Jim Norton

2010 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations

Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Kate Baldwin
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Christopher Fitzgerald
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Terri White

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