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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.

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Jamie deRoy Hosts 'MAC/ASAPC Songwriters' Showcase,' 10/31; Features Melissa Manchester, Mark Winkler & More
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2009

Celebrated cabaret performer Jamie deRoy will host a special edition of the acclaimed 'MAC/ASAPC Songwriters' Showcase,' an ongoing series exploring the role of Songwriters in America on Saturday, October 31st from 2pm to 4Ppm at the Metropolitan Room. The afternoon program will focus on Songwriters from the West Coast with participants including Melissa Manchester, Mark Winkler, Shelly Markham and Geoffrey Leigh Tozer. (more...)

BWW TV: Broadway Beat Sneak Peek of FINIAN'S RAINBOW Opening Night
by Craig Brockman - Oct 31, 2009

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, on Thursday, October 29 at 6:45pm. BroadwayWorld and Broadway Beat were on hand to interview the cast including Cheyenne Jackson, Kate Baldwin, Jim Norton and Christopher Fitzgerald. Plus - you'll get to catch extended clips from this classic show! (more...)

SHOW BIZ: Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - October 30, 2009
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2009

Broadway's Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies: October 30, 2009 (more...)

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - Curtain Call!
by Walter McBride - Oct 30, 2009

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! (more...)

Photo Flash: Cheyenne Jackson On NBC's 30 ROCK - Sneak Peek!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2009

Finian's Rainbow star Cheyenne Jackson will be joining the cast of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series '30 Rock' next month. Jackson's first episode on the hit comedy series will on Thursday November 12th. The episode is titled 'THE PROBLEM SOLVERS' and will also feature Top Chef star Padma Lakshmi. (more...)

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway - After Party!
by Linda Lenzi - Oct 30, 2009

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 first night party began and the cast and famous fans arrived! (more...)

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW's Opening Night on Broadway - Arrivals
by Walter McBride - Oct 30, 2009

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 stars arrived for the first night festivities! (more...)

FINIAN'S RAINBOW Star Kate Baldwin Plays Feinstein's, 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2009

Kate Baldwin, currently starring in the Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow that took it's opening night bow last night, is set to perform in concert at Feinstein's at Loews Regency on December 13th. The show, 'Let's See What Happens,' will feature songs from her debut solo album of the same name, recently released. (more...)

BWW SPECIAL FEATURE: Ken Fallin Illustrates - FINIAN'S RAINBOW
by Ken Fallin - Oct 30, 2009

BroadwayWold.com is pleased to introduce illustrator Ken Fallin, who will be bringing to you original illustrations of everyone's favorite Broadway stars each week. This week's feature: Kate Baldwin, Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton and Christopher Fitzgerald in Finian's Rainbow. (more...)

More Cheyenne Jackson '30 Rock' Details Revealed; Episode Airs 11/12
by Movies News Desk - Oct 30, 2009

E! News reported earlier this month that Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson will be joining the cast of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series '30 Rock' as a regularly recurring character or even potentially as a future permanent fixture. (more...)

Advocacy Groups Challenge THE MIRACLE WORKER Casting
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2009

According to a report in the New York Times this morning, members of advocacy groups such the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts - an advocacy group for blind and deaf actors - are none to pleased with the casting of Abigail Breslin as Hellen Keller in the upcoming Broadway revival of The Miracle Worker. (more...)

Photo Flash: From Encores! to Broadway, FINIAN'S RAINBOW Opens at the St. James!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2009

Finian's Rainbow began previews at Broadway's ST. James Theatre, 246 West 44 Street, on Thursday, October 8 at 8pm, and celebrates Opening Night, this evening, Thursday, October 29 at 6:45pm. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: FINIAN'S RAINBOW on Broadway - Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 29, 2009

Finian's Rainbow began previews at Broadway's ST. James Theatre, 246 West 44 Street, on Thursday, October 8 at 8pm, and celebrates Opening Night, this evening, Thursday, October 29 at 6:45pm. (more...)

Ana Gasteyer, Wayne Knight & Marc Kudisch to Star in Encores! GIRL CRAZY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2009

Girl Crazy, the first Encores! production of the New York City Center season, will star Ana Gasteyer, Wayne Knight and Marc Kudisch and will run November 19 - 22. Girl Crazy, directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Warren Carlyle with Guest Music Director Rob Fisher, has music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and book by Guy Bolton and Jack McGowan. (more...)

Liz Smith Chats Broadway with Jujamcyn Theaters' New President Jordan Roth on WowOWow
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2009

Producer Jordan Roth has succeeded Rocco Landesman as President of Jujamcyn Theaters, the owner and operator of five major Broadway theatres. Roth, 33, has taken over leadership of the organization which Landesman presided over from 1987 until his recent confirmation as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts on August 7. Roth is also acquiring a 50% ownership interest in the privately held company. Gossip maven Liz Smith spoke to Roth about his new position and what excites and inspires him in the world of theatre. (more...)

Jamie deRoy Hosts 'MAC/ASAPC Songwriters' Showcase,' 10/31; Features Melissa Manchester, Mark Winkler & More
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2009

Celebrated cabaret performer Jamie deRoy will host a special edition of the acclaimed 'MAC/ASAPC Songwriters' Showcase,' an ongoing series exploring the role of Songwriters in America on Saturday, October 31st from 2pm to 4Ppm at the Metropolitan Room. The afternoon program will focus on Songwriters from the West Coast with participants including Melissa Manchester, Mark Winkler, Shelly Markham and Geoffrey Leigh Tozer. (more...)

The Active Theater Company Presents TWO ROOMS 12/3 - 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2009

The Active Theater Company proudly presents TWO ROOMS, by Lee Blessing, the company's first show for their 2009-1010 season. Directed by Glory Sims Bowen, the show will play a limited-run December 3-13 at The Workshop Theater Company (312 W. 36th Street, between 8th/9th Avenues). (more...)

Broadway Blogs - Bye Bye Birdie and More...
by - Oct 29, 2009

Today's Broadway Blogs on BroadwayWorld.com from Thursday, October 29, 2009. (more...)

Finian's Rainbow Opens Oct. 29 at St. James Theatre; Norton, Baldwin, Cooper and Fitzgerald Star
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2009

Producers David Richenthal and Jack Viertel have announced that the critically-acclaimed New York City Center Encores! production of Finian?s Rainbow, will transfer to Broadway's St. James Theatre, 246 West 44 Street, beginning Thursday, October 8 at 8pm, with an opening set for Thursday, October 29 at 6:45pm. (more...)

THE MIRACLE WORKER Returns to Broadway, Breslin and Pill to Star, Previews Begin Feb. 12th, 2010, Opens Mar. 3rd
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2009

Producer David Richenthal has announced the very first revival of William Gibson's THE MIRACLE WORKER as the Tony Award® winning play celebrates its 50th Anniversary of opening on Broadway. (more...)

Musicals Tonight! Continues Its Salute To Broadway 11/9 At The McGinn/Cazale Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2009

Musicals Tonight! Continues its ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys and Understudies with its next editions of At This Performance...TM to be held on Sunday, November 8th and Monday, November 9th at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway, (above the Promenade Theatre- Broadway at 76th Street), 3rd Floor at 8 PM. (more...)

KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY 2010 Tickets Go On Sale 11/9
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2009

The Broadway League announced today that tickets for participating shows for the 14th annual KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY (KidsNightonBroadway.com) will go on sale on Monday, November 9, 2009 at 12pm noon EST. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Michael Riedel's Magical Moment on Theater Talk
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 9, 2009

Theater Talk, a weekly expose of world theater that airs on PBS Friday nights (PBS/Thirteen) and 5 times weekly on CUNY TV featured Matthew Holtzclaw and actor Chuck Cooper of Finian's Rainbow as they performed a dazzling magical feat on Theater Talk. We won't give away the surprise so you'll just have to watch the clip right here on STAGE TUBE! (more...)

Jennifer Holliday, Cheyenne Jackson, B.D. Wong and More Set for 2009 Emery Awards, 11/10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2009

Special guests have been announced for the 2009 Emery Awards, which will take place Tuesday, November 10th. The guests will include Dustin Lance Black, Cleve Jones, Ben Zebley, Cheyenne Jackson, Heather Matarazzo, B.D. Wong, Christine C. Quinn, Judy Gold, Jennifer Holliday, DJ Lina, and Mayor Cory Booker. The Hetrick-Martin Institute's 2009 Annual Emery Awards will take place at Cipriani Wall Street, beginning at 6:00pm. (more...)

Jamie deRoy & Friends Presents THE MORE THE MERRIER DUETS AND MORE.. on 11/17, Featuring Larsen, Coulter, and More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2009

Celebrated cabaret performer Jamie deRoy presents a special evening of her multi MAC Award-winning variety show, Jamie deRoy & friends on Tuesday, November 17th (7PM) at the New York hotspot Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street between 5th & 6th Avenues). 'The More The Merrier Duets & More...' will feature an evening full of duets and multi-voice musical partnering. (more...)

Review - Idiot Savant and After Miss Julie
by Kristin Salaky - Nov 9, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen. In the course of this evening's performance, the following physical objects will appear onstage: a boxing bag, four golf clubs, a newspaper, two small targets, an oversized golf ball plus snake, a bloody towel, a duck mask, a white spider with spots, a watering can, three boulders wrapped in twine, a yellow suit, two imitation row boats, one tray of fruit, one rolling table, six highball glasses, two white pillows, one large roll of plastic tape, a jeweled wristwatch, one package, gift-wrapped, one jeweled container, plus one blank container, three mirrors with numbers painted on the reverse side, two bows and arrows, one duck in a small cage, one stuffed small mouth plug. (more...)

DVR Alert: Talk Show Listings Wednesday, November 11 - Finian's Rainbow, Martin Short & More
by Movies News Desk - Nov 8, 2009

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Musicals Tonight! Continues Its Salute To Broadway 11/9 At The McGinn/Cazale Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2009

Musicals Tonight! Continues its ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys and Understudies with its next editions of At This Performance...TM to be held on Sunday, November 8th and Monday, November 9th at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway, (above the Promenade Theatre- Broadway at 76th Street), 3rd Floor at 8 PM. (more...)

Cook, "Bye Bye Blackbird", Baldwin, Holland and Porter Guest On EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN, 11/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2009

On Sunday, November 8th, 2009 from 9:00PM-11:00PM on EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN will feature the music of BARBARA COOK. Some of the songs from her career that will be heard are 'It's Better With A Band' JOHN BUCCHINO'S 'Sweet Dreams' 'Close As Pages In A Book' (SIGMUND ROMBERG / DOROTHY FIELDS) of course, 'Glitter And Be Gay' and 'Give Me The Simple Life' from her new CD Box Set THE ESSENTIAL BARBARA COOK COLLECTION released through DRG Records (CD-92500) and more! (more...)

DREAMGIRLS National Tour Kicks Off at Apollo Theater, 11/7 - 12/6
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2009

Producer John Breglio and the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc. will bring Broadway uptown for four weeks only with Dreamgirls at the Apollo Theater, prior to the national tour of the new production of the groundbreaking musical. The national tour of Dreamgirls will kick-off at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater (253 West 125 Street) beginning previews Saturday, November 7, 2009, and opening Sunday, November 22, 2009, for 4 weeks only, through Sunday December, 6, 2009. (more...)

Cook, "Bye Bye Blackbird", Baldwin, Holland and Porter Guest On EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN, 11/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2009

On Sunday, November 8th, 2009 from 9:00PM-11:00PM on EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN will feature the music of BARBARA COOK. Some of the songs from her career that will be heard are 'It's Better With A Band' JOHN BUCCHINO'S 'Sweet Dreams' 'Close As Pages In A Book' (SIGMUND ROMBERG / DOROTHY FIELDS) of course, 'Glitter And Be Gay' and 'Give Me The Simple Life' from her new CD Box Set THE ESSENTIAL BARBARA COOK COLLECTION released through DRG Records (CD-92500) and more! (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson Talks Career, Finian's Reviews and Hippie Life with The Wall Street Journal
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2009

There is no escaping Cheyenne Jackson this fall. The 34-year-old leading man, who hails from the Idaho-Washington border, will debut on NBC's 30 Rock next week for a new stint, is starring eight shows a week on Broadway in the revival of Finian's Rainbow, and has just released an album of love songs with theater vet Michael Feinstein, the Power of Two. Recently, entertainment's hottest asset sat down with the Wall Street Journal to discuss his career in 'three mediums,' just what it feels like to get those great reviews, and growing up without running water. (more...)

The Active Theater Company Presents TWO ROOMS 12/3 - 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2009

The Active Theater Company proudly presents TWO ROOMS, by Lee Blessing, the company's first show for their 2009-1010 season. Directed by Glory Sims Bowen, the show will play a limited-run December 3-13 at The Workshop Theater Company (312 W. 36th Street, between 8th/9th Avenues). (more...)

Musicals Tonight! Continues Its Salute To Broadway 11/9 At The McGinn/Cazale Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2009

Musicals Tonight! Continues its ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys and Understudies with its next editions of At This Performance...TM to be held on Sunday, November 8th and Monday, November 9th at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway, (above the Promenade Theatre- Broadway at 76th Street), 3rd Floor at 8 PM. (more...)

KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY 2010 Tickets Go On Sale 11/9
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2009

The Broadway League announced today that tickets for participating shows for the 14th annual KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY (KidsNightonBroadway.com) will go on sale on Monday, November 9, 2009 at 12pm noon EST. (more...)

Barnes & Noble Lincoln Triangle Hosts Mitchell, McKechnie, Hamlisch & Fitzgerland this Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2009

Continuing its tradition of celebrating the arts, Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Triangle will host Brian Stokes Mitchell, Capathia Jenkins, Marvin Hamlisch and Donna McKechnie among others in discussion and performance this month. (more...)

Bill T. Jones, Neil Simon, FINIAN'S Master Magician & More Talk Theater with Michael Riedel in November
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2009

Theater Talk, a weekly expose of world theater that airs on PBS Friday nights (PBS/Thirteen) and 5 times weekly on CUNY TV will feature Broadway's best, including the creative team of Fela, Finian's Rainbow master magician, Neil Simon, George S. Kaufman and The Royal Family and more it's upcoming broadcasts this month. (more...)

DREAMGIRLS National Tour Kicks Off at Apollo Theater, 11/7 - 12/6
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2009

Producer John Breglio and the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc. will bring Broadway uptown for four weeks only with Dreamgirls at the Apollo Theater, prior to the national tour of the new production of the groundbreaking musical. The national tour of Dreamgirls will kick-off at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater (253 West 125 Street) beginning previews Saturday, November 7, 2009, and opening Sunday, November 22, 2009, for 4 weeks only, through Sunday December, 6, 2009. (more...)

WINTER SEASON GUIDE: COLD NIGHTS, HOT SHOWS - G
by BWW - Nov 2, 2009

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Review - Memphis
by Michael Dale - Nov 2, 2009

From Show Boat to Finian's Rainbow to Ragtime to Hairspray the racial divide between white America and Americans of African decent has been one of the richest resources for both Broadway musical dramas and musical comedies. And a popular theme of such musicals has been the assimilation of African-American music into the white mainstream. The latest to tackle this topic, Memphis, certainly wouldn't look like the best of the lot on paper, but on stage the gritty sincerity of Joe DiPietro's book coupled with David Bryan's infectiously melodic compositions (they collaborated on the lyrics), under Christopher Ashley's dynamic staging, frequently threaten to tear the roof off of the Shubert Theatre. (more...)

Jamie deRoy & Friends Presents THE MORE THE MERRIER DUETS AND MORE.. on 11/17, Featuring Larsen, Coulter, and More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2009

Celebrated cabaret performer Jamie deRoy presents a special evening of her multi MAC Award-winning variety show, Jamie deRoy & friends on Tuesday, November 17th (7PM) at the New York hotspot Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street between 5th & 6th Avenues). 'The More The Merrier Duets & More...' will feature an evening full of duets and multi-voice musical partnering. (more...)

Broadway Blogs - Memphis and More...
by - Nov 2, 2009

Today's Broadway Blogs on BroadwayWorld.com from Monday, November 2, 2009. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Broadway Musical's View of NYC
by Adrienne Onofri - Nov 2, 2009

Howard McGillin, Nancy Anderson and Jim Stanek are among the performers in a cabaret of New York songs and stories. (more...)

Barnes & Noble Lincoln Triangle Hosts Mitchell, McKechnie, Hamlisch & Fitzgerland this Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2009

Continuing its tradition of celebrating the arts, Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Triangle will host Brian Stokes Mitchell, Capathia Jenkins, Marvin Hamlisch and Donna McKechnie among others in discussion and performance this month. (more...)

DVR Alert: Talk Show Listings Wednesday, November 11 - Finian's Rainbow, Martin Short & More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2009

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George S. Kaufman and THE ROYAL FAMILY To Guest This Week On Theater Talk, 11/13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2009

Theater Talk, a weekly expose of world theater that airs on PBS Friday nights (PBS/Thirteen) and 5 times weekly on CUNY TV will feature Broadway's best, including the creative team of Fela, Finian's Rainbow master magician, Neil Simon, George S. Kaufman and The Royal Family and more it's upcoming broadcasts this month. (more...)

Cleveland Playhouse Welcomes Fresh In A CHRISTMAS STORY 11/27-12/20
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2009

New actors in the roles of young Ralphie and adult Ralph lead the cast in the fifth and final production of A Christmas Story at The Cleveland Play House. (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson & Kate Baldwin to Perform "Old Devil Moon" on THE VIEW 11/11
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2009

Cheyenne Jackson and Kate Baldwin will perform 'Old Devil Moon' from the critically-acclaimed hit Broadway show Finian's Rainbow, tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11 on ABC's The View, 11am. (more...)

The New York Times Reports: DREAMGIRLS on Living Their Dream at Apollo Theater, Opens 11/22
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2009

Producer John Breglio and the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc. will bring Broadway uptown for four weeks only with Dreamgirls at the Apollo Theater, prior to the national tour of the new production of the groundbreaking musical. The national tour of Dreamgirls will kick-off at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater (253 West 125 Street) beginning previews Saturday, November 7, 2009, and opening Sunday, November 22, 2009, for 4 weeks only, through Sunday December, 6, 2009. (more...)

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW's Big Opening Night - The Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
by Walter McBride - Nov 1, 2009

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 on Thursday, October 29th. (more...)

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