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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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BWW Interviews: Ryan Silverman of "FINIAN'S RAINBOW" at Irish Rep
by Courtney Savoia - Jan 1, 2001

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BWW Interviews: Ryan Silverman of "FINIAN'S RAINBOW" at Irish Rep
by Courtney Savoia - Jan 1, 2001

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Rachel Bay Jones, Gene Weygandt Join Cast of A CHRISTMAS STORY; John Rando to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Jan 1, 2001

The producers of A Christmas Story, The Musical! have announced the latest additions to their creative team and principal cast. Tony Award winning John Rando (Urinetown, The Wedding Singer) has signed on as the new director for the national holiday tour. Warren Carlyle (Follies, Finian's Rainbow), previously announced as the director and choreographer for A Christmas Story, The Musical!, had to bow out as director due to a scheduling conflict (Hugh Jackman on Broadway) but remains on the creative team as choreographer. Also joining the creative team is celebrated dance arranger Glen Kelly (The Book of Mormon, Scottsboro Boys). (more...)

BWW Interviews: Ryan Silverman of "FINIAN'S RAINBOW" at Irish Rep
by Courtney Savoia - Jan 1, 2001

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AFTER MIDNIGHT's Warren Carlyle Wins Tony for Best Direction of a Musical
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 1, 2001

Warren Carlyle won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for AFTER MIDNIGHT. Warren Carlyle was nominated both for Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography for his work on After Midnight this year. His previous directing work on Broadway includes Chaplin and Finian's Rainbow. (more...)

Tracie Thoms and Christopher Fitzgerald Land TV Pilots
by Christina Mancuso - Jan 1, 2001

New TV booking announcements have been made for Tracie Thoms and Christopher Fitzerald. (more...)

COME FROM AWAY To Open at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre 3/12/17; Previews Begin 2/18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 1, 2001

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Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of CHAPLIN!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 1, 2001

Broadway's new musical CHAPLIN started previews this week and opens September 10 at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). CHAPLIN is a new musical depicting the life of film icon Charlie Chaplin, with music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and book by three-time Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Christopher Curtis. Warren Carlyle (Finian's Rainbow; Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway) directs and choreographs the production. Get to know the cast below! (more...)

Breaking News: SCANDALOUS to Play Final Performance on Broadway, December 9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 1, 2001

The new Broadway musical Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson will play its final performance at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street) on Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m. (more...)

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 1, 2001

Pull up your boots and hold onto your hats when this all-dancing, all-singing, all-new production of the rip-roarin' musical comedy classic bursts onto the Ogunquit Playhouse stage September 7 to October 1.  Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a big, brawling, rollicking show filled with rambunctious energy and set in 1850s Oregon Territory with a book by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, music by Gene de Paul, and new songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn. This beloved musical based on the glorious MGM hit film and Stephen Vincent Benet's short story 'The Sobbin' Women' tells the story of Adam Pontipee and his backwoods brothers' unusual pursuit of brides. When Adam goes to town to get a wife, he miraculously convinces the beautiful and feisty Milly to marry him that same day, and then she immediately starts reforming her six rowdy brothers-in-law. When her plan to marry off the boys backfires, this exuberant rousing musical kicks into high gear with a combination of daredevil dancing and wonderful songs like 'Goin' Courtin,' “Sobbin' Women,” and 'Wonderful, Wonderful Day.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway on Broadway Stage Shots Part 2
by - Jan 1, 2000

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Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh CLO Continues an Explosive Summer Season with JEKYLL & HYDE, 6/14 - 6/26
by - Jan 1, 2000

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Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh CLO Continues an Explosive Summer Season with JEKYLL & HYDE, 6/14 - 6/26
by - Jan 1, 2000

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VIDEO: Cyndi Lauper Talks KINKY BOOTS with Jay Leno!
by - Jan 1, 2000

Last night, April 12, Jay Leno's guests included Adam Levine and Cyndi Lauper, with musical guest The Airborne Toxic Event. Lauper discussed her Broadway musical KINKY BOOTS, and you can check out the interview below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at A CHRISTMAS STORY, On Tour Now!
by - Jan 1, 2000

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