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Irish Repertory Theatre (New York, NY)
132 West 22nd St.(between 6th & 7th Aves)

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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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Lincoln Triangle Barnes & Noble Announces December Music And Theatre Events
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2009

Barnes & Noble/Lincoln Triangle December Calendar of Events 1972 Broadway @ 66th St (more...)

TWO ROOMS To Feature Post Show 'Talkbacks' With Cast And Creatives, 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2009

The Active Theater Company proudly presents TWO ROOMS, by Lee Blessing, the company's first show for their 2009-1010 season. (more...)

SHOW BIZ: Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - 11/30/2009
by - Nov 30, 2009

BroadwayWorld.com's SHOW BIZ: Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - updated on 11/30/2009. (more...)

Theatre For The New City Presents FLAHOOLEY 1/3/2010
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2009

In 1951, E.Y. 'Yip' Harburg gave Broadway 'Flahooley,' a Christmas story with puppet theater and social and political satire, in response to his Hollywood blacklisting. (more...)

Heller, Pinkleton, Wohl Among Goodspeed's Starry 'FORUM' Cast, Comedy Runs 9/25 - 11/29
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2009

Goodspeed Musicals, the only two time Tony Award winning theatre in the country, is proud to announce the cast of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This hilarious musical comedy of errors from the director who brought you Goodspeed's On the Twentieth Century and Promises, Promises will run from Sept. 25 - Nov. 29 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. This production will be sponsored by Bank of America and associate sponsor Connecticut Light and Power. (more...)

TNC and Harlem Rep Revive Yip Harburg's FLAHOOLEY, 12/18-1/3
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2009

The Theater for the New City and The Harlem Repertory Theatre will present a modern adaptation of 'Flahooley' by E.Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy and Sammy Fain, to be staged from December 18 to January 3 at the Theatre for the New City. This classic musical tells of a misbegotten toymaker during the McCarthy madness. (more...)

Cleveland Playhouse Welcomes Fresh In A CHRISTMAS STORY 11/27-12/20
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 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 Set for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 11/26
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2009

Cheyenne Jackson, currently starring on Broadway in the hit revival of 'Finian's Rainbow' and who recently joined the cast of NBC's Emmy-award winning series '30 Rock' will join the celebrity lineup in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (more...)

FINIAN'S RAINBOW Goes for Gold with New Cast Album Recording
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2009

Producers David Richenthal and Jack Viertel have announced that the cast and orchestra of the acclaimed Broadway production of Finian's Rainbow, will hit the recording studio on December 7 to record a new cast alum of the show. The album, featuring Yip Harburg-Burton Lane's score, is being produced by Tommy Kasker of PS Classics. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for November 25th, 2009
by Paul W. Thompson - Nov 25, 2009

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Jackie Hoffman, 'Jersey Boys,' 'The Addams Family,' 'Banana Shpeel,' 'South Pacific,' more..... (more...)

Happy Thanksgiving! Broadway Celebrates Turkey Day at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 26
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2009

The 83rd edition of the Macy's Parade will mark a milestone in Parade history, going where it has never gone before. Having marched down parts of Broadway for 82 years, the 2009 procession will be the first to bypass Broadway in the long running march, lighting up 7th Avenue in its place. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Kate Baldwin Sings 'How Are Things in Glocca Morra' - Mad Libs Style
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 24, 2009

The acclaimed DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB made its return at the Julia Miles Theatre on November 19th. Amongst the guest stars were Finian's Rainbow's Kate Baldwin, who sang 'How Are Things in Glocca Morra?' - Mad Libs style. (more...)

Broadway Unplugged: Sound Design by God
by Jena Tesse Fox - Nov 24, 2009

Scott Siegel's sixth annual Broawday Unplugged concert rocked the Town Hall last week. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New Finian's Rainbow TV Commercial
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 9, 2009

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

Vision Impaired Kyra Ynez Seiglel Set to Understudy Abigail Breslin in THE MIRACLE WORKER
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2009

The New York Times reports that the producers of Broadway's upcoming revival The Miracle Worker have cast a vision impaired actress to understudy Abigale Breslin in the role of Helen Keller. Kyra Ynez Siegel of Oregon has officially landed the role after flying in for an audition two weeks ago. (more...)

TIME Magazine Picks Top 10 Plays and Musicals of 2009
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2009

Time Magazine has released their 'The Top 10 Everything of 2009' which notes that TIME charts the highs and lows of the past year in 50 wide-ranging lists. (more...)

Gasteyer, Glover, Nicholaw & More Set to Judge GYPSY OF THE YEAR Competition, 12/7 & 12/8
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2009

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will present the 21st Annual GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION on Monday, December 7 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, December 8 (2 PM) at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway). The proceeds from the event will benefit BC/EFA. (more...)

Irish Rep Continues 22nd Season With ERNEST IN LOVE, Previews 12/12
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2009

The Irish Repertory Theatre continues its 22nd Season with 'Ernest in Love,' a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Ernest' (more...)

Photo Coverage: Finian's Rainbow CD Recording in the Studio
by Linda Lenzi - Dec 8, 2009

The cast and orchestra of the acclaimed Broadway production of Finian's Rainbow, hit the recording studio on December 7 to record a new cast alum of the show and BroadwayWorld.com was there! (more...)

GYPSY OF THE YEAR 2009 Sets Records! Winners and Totals Are...
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2009

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS presented the 21st Annual GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION over a two day event yesterday, December 7 and today, December 8 at the Palace Theatre on Broadway. The proceeds from the event benefit BC/EFA. This year's event raised more than $4,639,000 dollars. And the winners are in! (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway Stars Lends A Hand To 'Lifebeat'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2009

Fifty-six Broadway stars, running the gamut from Jude Law to Julie Harris, have created one-of-a-kind Lend-a-Hand artworks that are now being auctioned on eBay in the Bid 2 Beat AIDS auction, benefiting LIFEbeat. (more...)

FINIAN'S RAINBOW Goes for Gold with New Cast Album Recording
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2009

Producers David Richenthal and Jack Viertel have announced that the cast and orchestra of the acclaimed Broadway production of Finian's Rainbow, will hit the recording studio on December 7 to record a new cast alum of the show. The album, featuring Yip Harburg-Burton Lane's score, is being produced by Tommy Kasker of PS Classics. (more...)

TWO ROOMS To Feature Post Show 'Talkbacks' With Cast And Creatives 12/7, 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2009

The Active Theater Company proudly presents TWO ROOMS, by Lee Blessing, the company's first show for their 2009-1010 season. (more...)

Gasteyer Hosts The Chase Brock Experience Benefit, 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2009

The Chase Brock Experience Benefit 2009, occuring on December 7, celebrates the artistry and individuality of the CBE company members, and will feature a new series of solos for the company members created specifically for this event by CBE Artistic Director Chase Brock. (more...)

Gasteyer, Glover, Nicholaw & More Set to Judge GYPSY OF THE YEAR Competition, 12/7 & 12/8
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2009

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will present the 21st Annual GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION on Monday, December 7 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, December 8 (2 PM) at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway). The proceeds from the event will benefit BC/EFA. (more...)

TWO ROOMS Holds Post Show Talk-backs This Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2009

The Active Theater Company proudly presents TWO ROOMS, by Lee Blessing, the company's first show for their 2009-1010 season. (more...)

The New York Times Reports: DREAMGIRLS on Living Their Dream at Apollo Theater, Opens 11/22
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 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: Michael Feinstein and Cheyenne Jackson Sign and Sing at Barnes & Noble
by Linda Lenzi - Dec 4, 2009

Continuing its tradition of celebrating the arts, Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Triangle hosted Michael Feinstein and Cheyenne Jackson who gave a musical performance and signed CDs to present their new album The Power of Two. Based on the sold-out engagement at Michael's New York nightclub, Feinstein's at Loews Regency the disc features pop songs, classic standards and numbers from Broadway shows like Kiss Me Kate, City Of Angels and The King and I. The disc, released through Harbinger Records, was made available on iTunes, Amazon.com on November 3. (more...)

SHOW BIZ: Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - 12/4/2009
by - Dec 4, 2009

BroadwayWorld.com's SHOW BIZ: Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - updated on 12/4/2009. (more...)

Kate Baldwin Celebrates CD Release at Feinstein's, 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2009

FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY, will continue its star-studded Fall 2009 season with Broadway star, KATE BALDWIN on December 13. For her show at Feinstein's the Finian's Rainbow star will celebrate the release of her debut album, Let's See What Happens, devoted to the music and lyrics of Finian's Rainbow creators Burton Lane and E.Y. Harburg. Selections will include the tender 'How Are Things in Glocca Morra?,' a swinging rendition of 'Come Back to Me' and the raucous and robust 'I Don't Think I'll End It All Today.' (more...)

Convicted Producer Drabinsky Plans a Comeback for 2010-2011 with Finian's, Plummer, Spider Woman
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2009

A report out in the Toronto Star today suggests that Garth Drabinsky, convicted and sentenced to 7 years in prison for fraud, is back in action...at least for now. According to the report, Drabinsky has three new large-scale productions in the works for the 2010-2011 season: Christopher Plummer in Barrymore; Colm Wilkinson in Finian's Rainbow; and an all-black revival of Kiss of a Spider Woman. (more...)

Michael Feinstein and Cheyenne Jackson Release Their Duet CD 'The Power Of Two', CD Signing At Lincoln Center 12/3
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2009

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN, the five-time Grammy Award nominated, plantinum-selling singer and pianist, and CHEYENNE JACKSON - the Broadway star of Xanadu, All Shook Up and the current revival of Finian's Rainbow - have announced the release of their first CD together, The Power of Two. Based on the sold-out engagement at Michael's New York nightclub, Feinstein's at Loews Regency the disc features pop songs, classic standards and numbers from Broadway shows like Kiss Me Kate, City Of Angels and The King and I. (more...)

The Active Theater Company Presents TWO ROOMS 12/3 - 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 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...)

The Active Theater Company Presents TWO ROOMS 12/3 - 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 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...)

The Active Theater Company Presents TWO ROOMS 12/3 - 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 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...)

The Active Theater Company Presents TWO ROOMS 12/3 - 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 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...)

The Active Theater Company Presents TWO ROOMS 12/3 - 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 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...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 2, 2009
by Paul W. Thompson - Dec 2, 2009

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Thanksgiving Day Parade, 'South Pacific,' 'Rudolph, the Red-Hosed Reindeer,' 'The Wind in the Willows,' Linda Eder, more..... (more...)

Danny Lerman Returns To NY For Special Show At Iridium 12/22
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2009

On Tuesday, December 22nd, Danny will return to the well known jazz haut, Iridium Jazz Club, in New York for a special night with special guest vocalist and current 'Gypsy of the Month', Jazz/Broadway singer Devin Richards, from Broadway's newest hit, 'Finian's Rainbow' . Shows are 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.00. (more...)

Irish Rep continues 22nd Season With ERNEST IN LOVE, Tickets On Sale 11/15, Opens 12/20
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2009

The Irish Repertory Theatre continues its 22nd Season with 'Ernest in Love,' a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Ernest' (more...)

Tony Nominee Freeman Joins Broadway's MARY POPPINS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2009

Broadway's perfectly magical musical MARY POPPINS is pleased to welcome JONATHAN FREEMAN to the company as Admiral Boom and Bank Chairman on Saturday, December 12 (2pm matinee). Produced by Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh, MARY POPPINS performs at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street). (more...)

Irish Rep Continues 22nd Season With ERNEST IN LOVE, Opens 12/20
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2009

The Irish Repertory Theatre continues its 22nd Season with 'Ernest in Love,' a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Ernest' (more...)

SHOW BIZ: Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - 12/11/2009
by - Dec 11, 2009

BroadwayWorld.com's SHOW BIZ: Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - updated on 12/11/2009. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cheyenne Jackson & Jane Krakowski on Tonight's '30 Rock'!
by Movies News Desk - Dec 10, 2009

BroadwayWorld brings you a sneak peak photo of Finian's Rainbow star Cheyenne Jackson and stage and screen favorite Jane Krakowski on tonight's episode of 30 Rock, in which Jane's Jenna learns Jackson's Danny can sing and attempts to take him down. The episode airs tonight at 9:30pm on NBC. (more...)

Beth Fowler, Noah Racey Set For Irish Rep's EARNEST IN LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2009

Broadway's Beth Fowler (THE BOY FROM OZ, SWEENEY TODD, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) and Noah Racey (CURTAINS, NEVER GONNA DANCE) set for The Irish Repertory Theatre's upcoming revival of 'Ernest in Love,' a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Ernest' (more...)

TWO ROOMS To Feature Post Show 'Talkbacks' With Cast And Creatives 12/7, 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2009

The Active Theater Company proudly presents TWO ROOMS, by Lee Blessing, the company's first show for their 2009-1010 season. (more...)

GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Devin Richards of 'Finian's Rainbow'
by Adrienne Onofri - Dec 1, 2009

As friend and costar Audra McDonald has said, Devin's booming bass voice has anchored many B'way ensembles--11 of them, to be precise. (more...)

Gasteyer Hosts The Chase Brock Experience Benefit, 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2009

The Chase Brock Experience Benefit 2009, occuring on December 7, celebrates the artistry and individuality of the CBE company members, and will feature a new series of solos for the company members created specifically for this event by CBE Artistic Director Chase Brock. (more...)

Irish Rep Continues 22nd Season With ERNEST IN LOVE, Opens 12/20
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2009

The Irish Repertory Theatre continues its 22nd Season with 'Ernest in Love,' a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Ernest' (more...)

Gasteyer, Glover, Nicholaw & More Set to Judge GYPSY OF THE YEAR Competition, 12/7 & 12/8
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2009

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will present the 21st Annual GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION on Monday, December 7 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, December 8 (2 PM) at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway). The proceeds from the event will benefit BC/EFA. (more...)

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