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Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!

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Finian's Rainbow began previews at Broadway's ST. James Theatre, 246 West 44 Street, on Thursday, October 8 at 8pm, and celebrated Opening Night, last night, Thursday, October 29 at 6:45pm. BroadwayWorld.com was there as the cast took their opening bows!

Finian's Rainbow has a book by Yip Harburg and Fred Saidy; lyrics byYip Harburg; music by Burton Lane; with book adaptation by Arthur Perlman and original adaptation for New York City Center Encores! byDavid Ives. It is directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle; musical direction is by Rob Berman.

The musical's score boasts such classic songs 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."

This is the first Broadway revival of the classic musical in nearly 50 years. The show had its Broadway premiere in 1947, which ran for 725 performances and won three Tony Awards, including one for star David Wayne and one for legendary choreographer Michael Kidd who made his Broadway debut with the show. One of the first of the socially conscious postwar musicals, Finian's Rainbow is unusual in that it deals in a satirical way with issues of class, race, and economics, most specifically in the character of a bigoted Southern senator who is accidentally turned black. It was also notable in its time for featuring an integrated cast at a time when most shows did not and for featuring a mute character who expresses herself solely through dance. The musical was revived in 1955 at City Center and in 1960 at Broadway's 46th Street Theatre.

Finian's Rainbow plays the ST. James Theatre, 246 West 44 Street. The preview performance schedule (through Sunday, November 1) is Monday through Saturday at 8pm with a matinee on Saturday at 2pm. There will be special added matinees on Wednesday, October 28 at 2pm and Sunday, November 1 at 3pm.

The regular performance schedule, beginning Monday, November 2, is Tuesday through Thursday at 7pm; Friday and Saturday at 8pm; with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $35 - $75 in previews and $50 - $120 post opening.

There are also special post-opening Wednesday evening prices as low as $25.00. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.telecharge.com or by phoning 212.239.6200. For groups, which are on sale now, phone 212.541.8457 or 1.800.BROADWAY.

For more information about Finian's Rainbow, visit www.FiniansOnBroadway.com.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for FINIAN'S RAINBOW at the ST. James Theatre

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for FINIAN'S RAINBOW at the ST. James Theatre

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
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Chuck Cooper, Cheyenne Jackson and Kate Baldwin

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Guy Davis, Chuck Cooper, Terri White, Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton, Kate Baldwin, Christopher Fitzgerald, Alina Faye and ensemble

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton and Kate Baldwin

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton and Kate Baldwin

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton and Kate Baldwin

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton and Kate Baldwin

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton and Kate Baldwin

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton and Kate Baldwin

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Terri White, Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton, Kate Baldwin, Christopher Fitzgerald, Steve Schepis and Alina Faye

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Terri White, Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton, Kate Baldwin, Christopher Fitzgerald, Steve Schepis and Alina Faye

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Jim Norton and Kate Baldwin

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Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton, Kate Baldwin and the cast dance at the curtain call

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton, Kate Baldwin and the cast dance at the curtain call

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton, Kate Baldwin and the cast dance at the curtain call

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton, Kate Baldwin and the cast dance at the curtain call

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Jim Norton, Kate Baldwin and the cast

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Cheyenne Jacskon and the cast dance off as the curtain comes down on Opening Night!

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Cheyenne Jacskon and the cast dance off as the curtain comes down on Opening Night!

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for FINIAN'S RAINBOW at the ST. James Theatre

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.