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'Finian's Rainbow' In Concert



The Academic High School in West Boca Raton announces its First Anniversary of the THE COFFEE HOUSE THEATRE.  Located at 23110 Sandalfoot Plaza Shopping Center off 441 behind McDonalds.  They are presenting the 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF FINIANS RAINBOW IN CONCERT (Finian's Rainbow opened on Broadway approximately 60 years ago.)   Finians Rainbow will play Friday, January 12th, and Saturday, January 13th 2007, shows at 7:30 p.m.  Starring Meri Ziev, John Caparosa, John Laviere, Don Stansfield, & Kit Russell. Script edited by Steve Newport, Orchestrated and Directed by Burt Richards.

An enchanting musical fantasy, FINIANS RAINBOW, brings an Irish immigrant and his daughter Sharon, to a mythical town in the Old South, which is turned upside down when a magical leprechaun follows them to reclaim his stolen pot o gold, that has been known to be buried somewhere at Fort Knox.  

The book and lyrics are by Yip Harburg, with music by Burton Lane. The musical score includes:  Look To The Rainbow, If I'm Not Near The Girl I Love, I Love The Girl I'm Near, On That Great Come And Get It Day, Old Devil Moon, Something Sort Of Grandish, and If This Isn't Love. Advance tickets on sale now for $20. Reservations are a must, as seating is limited. For Free Parking Call the box office at 561 - 488 - 9952.

BURTON LEVY A.K.A. BURTON LANE (Music) - Burton Lane (b. 1912, d. 1997) wrote primarily for films but his stage contributions produced several popular songs. At an early age, Lane joined a music publishing company as a staff pianist and writer; at 19 his first songs were published. In the early 1930s he contributed material for revues such as THREES A CROWD, THE THIRD LITTLE SHOW, and AMERICANA. For more than 20 years he wrote music for Hollywood screenplays including Swing High, Swing Low, Babes on Broadway, and Royal Wedding. More than 20 years after collaborating with E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy on FINIANS RAINBOW, he wrote ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER with Alan J. Lerner; in 1979 he wrote CARMELINA, a musical version of the screenplay Buona Sera Mrs. Campbell.

FRED SAIDY (Book) - Fred Saidy (b.1907, d. 1982) was originally a journalist before writing revue sketches, a pair of film scripts and television material. He collaborated with E.Y. Harburg on BLOOMER GIRL, FLAHOOLEY, JAMAICA, THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD, and DARLING OF THE DAY, and with Harburg and Burton Lane on FINIANS RAINBOW.

ISADORE HOCKBERG A.K.A. Yip Harburg (Lyrics, Book) - E.Y. Harburg (b. 1898, d. 1981) is best-known for his Academy Award-winning song Over the Rainbow from the musical film THE WIZARD OF OZ. Some of Harburgs first works were for the stage revues of the 1920s and 1930s such as EARL CARROLLS VANITIES OF 1930, AMERICANA (which introduced Harburgs first major hit Brother Can You Spare a Dime?), and ZIEGFELD FOLLIES. His second hit stage song was Its Only a Paper Moon, written with Harold Arlen and Billy Rose. He collaborated with Burton Lane and Fred Saidy on the successful Broadway show FINIANS RAINBOW and with Saidy on BLOOMER GIRL, FLAHOOLEY, JAMAICA, THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD, and DARLING OF THE DAY.


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