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Finian's Rainbow - 1947 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

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.

46th Street Theatre


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by Stephi Wild - Oct 4, 2021
The Tony Award-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) ushers in its 107th season with stellar productions of the acclaimed musical Harmony: A New Musical by the legendary Barry Manilow and his longtime collaborator Bruce Sussman, a co-production with the New York City Opera of the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis, a virtual presentations of Kadye Molodowsky's Ale Fenster Tsu Der Zun (All the Windows Face the Sun), 15 Minute Yiddish (More or Less), and much more.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 19, 2021
Philomene Doucette, is a made-to-order assassin struggling between her programming and her desire for free will. Brainwashed and systematically fractured from the age of six, the pretty killer disassociates between her Six-Year-Old Self, the heart, Philomene, the head, and the Monarch Queen, the abyss who finds no issue with killing.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 8, 2021
A two-week Musical Theatre intensive for performers who are, or soon to be, #ready4newyork, Ages 18 and up. All students, all faculty: fully vaccinated.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 24, 2021
Pittsburgh CLO has announced casting for the 30th annual production of A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL, December 17-23 at the Byham Theater. This year's production, directed by Scott Evans, will feature lavish costumes, thrilling effects and a talented ensemble of both new and returning performers. Broadway & TV star Richard Thomas returns to Pittsburgh CLO to lead the cast as Ebenezer Scrooge.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 16, 2021
Petula Clark who currently plays Bird Woman in the West End production of Mary Poppins was surprised by the cast at the at the curtain call last night (15 November 2021) as she celebrated her birthday. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 3, 2021
A Wonderful Guy: Conversations with the Great Men of Musical Theater, Eddie Shapiro’s follow up to his popular Nothing Like a Dame, is available today in hardcover and digital formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. A Wonderful Guy is published by Oxford Press.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 27, 2021
Paper Mill has announced the return of its wildly popular Brookside Cabaret starting Wednesday, June 9. The outdoor series, which debuted last summer, features world-class performers and fine dining under the stars at the F.M. Kirby Carriage House Restaurant.
by A.A. Cristi - May 24, 2021
Casting has been announced for Transcendence Theatre Company's MY HERO, June 4th - 20th.
by Clarissa Moon - May 24, 2021
Tyrick Wiltez Jones has appeared in FINIAN’S RAINBOW and HAIRSPRAY on Broadway in addition to multiple national tours, including BAT OUT OF HELL, FOSSE and MISS SAIGON. I sat down with Jones to discuss performing on Broadway, touring the world and Fosse’s influence on his career.
by Team BWW - May 20, 2021
Chuck Cooper and Lilli Cooper are stopping by the Seth Rudetsky Concert Series this weekend! We're looking back at past performances and interviews before their show on Sunday!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 11, 2021
Keen Company Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein today announced the appointment of playwright Chisa Hutchinson and actor Jason Tam to Keen’s Board of Directors. Also announced today was the appointment of actor Kate Baldwin to Keen’s Advisory Council.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 8, 2021
With Women in Theatre Through the Decades, we will be highlighting the vital role that women have played in theatre history, showcasing those who paved the way and who continue to make history today. This week, we are highlighting the accomplishments of women in theatre throughout the 1960s and the 1970s!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 4, 2022
Grammy-award winner Edie Brickell's new musical 38 MINUTES has announced the cast of their upcoming industry workshop, taking place on March 5, 2022, in Los Angeles following their successful 2019 reading.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2022
New York City Center President & CEO Arlene Shuler announced today that Encores! Music Director Rob Berman will step down following the 2022 Encores! season at New  York City Center. 
by Bruce Glikas - Mar 28, 2022
The Axelrod Performing Arts Center just concluded The Bridges of Madison County, The Musical, starring Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!, Finian's Rainbow) and Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music, The Light in the Piazza).
by Stephi Wild - Mar 23, 2022
The cast is comprised of established Broadway artists and local rising stars. Part of the Virginia Arts Festival's 25th Anniversary Season, the new production is led by Conductor Rob Fisher, the Festival's Artistic Advisor of Musical Theater & American Songbook and Stage Director Matt Kunkel.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 23, 2021
Internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, recording artist, and actress Petula Clark will be honored at the 36th annual Bistro Awards on Friday, April 30. This virtual special event will have its premiere screening at 8 pm. Ms. Clark will be receiving the Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award for her eight decades of artistic accomplishments.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Mar 23, 2021
Petula Clark first arrived in America as the distaff member of the historic British invasion of the ‘60s. Her iconic single “Downtown” soared up the charts, the first in a series of memorable hits that won the hearts of listeners.
by Review Roundups - Mar 21, 2022
The Axelrod Performing Arts Center is currently presenting The Bridges of Madison County, The Musical, starring Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!, Finian's Rainbow) and Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music, The Light in the Piazza).
by Stage Tube - Mar 2, 2022
The Axelrod Performing Arts Center will present The Bridges of Madison County, The Musical, starring Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!, Finian's Rainbow) and Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music, The Light in the Piazza). Get a first look at the cast in rehearsals! 
by Michael Major - Mar 18, 2022
Billy Crystal sat down with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show last night to discuss his return to Broadway in the new musical adaption of Mr. Saturday Night. Crystal also discussed turning down a role in The Producers, acting in his college production of Finian's Rainbow, and more. Watch the new interview now!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 18, 2021
A Wonderful Guy: Conversations with the Great Men of Musical Theater, Eddie Shapiro’s follow up to his wildly popular Nothing Like a Dame, will be released on Thursday, April 1 and is published by Oxford Press. A Wonderful Guy will be available in hardcover and digital formats with pre-orders now being accepted on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 17, 2021
Liz Callaway has shared a video of herself singing 'Look to the Rainbow' from Finian's Rainbow in her kitchen. She shared, 'I was inspired to sing a song today for St Patrick's Day, and this gem from Finian's Rainbow came to mind. The arrangement is by my pal, and cast-mate from Merrily We Roll Along, David Loud.'
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 17, 2021
St. Patrick's Day is here, and while you raise a pint in celebration, we're inviting you to turn up the volume with a wee bit o' Broadway.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 16, 2022
Porchlight Music Theatre has announced its first New Faces Sing Broadway concert of 2022, New Faces Sing Broadway 1947 with host Robin DaSilva, directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo, music directed by Linda Madonia and featuring ten new up and coming talents performing songs from the 1947 Broadway season.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 15, 2021
Perhaps she was best known for her concerts at Carnegie Hall, which began in 1955. She performed benefit concerts every year on St. Patrick’s Day for more than two decades, and they all sold out.
by Alan Henry - Mar 14, 2022
BroadwayWorld has a first look at The Axelrod Performing Arts Center's The Bridges of Madison County, The Musical, starring Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!, Finian's Rainbow) and Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music, The Light in the Piazza). The musical, which runs from March 11-27, is directed by one of its original stars, Hunter Foster (Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors, Million Dollar Quartet, The Producers).
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Mar 14, 2021
There is nothing like Celtic music to bring a lift to the step and a smile to the heart, and SONGS OF IRELAND, a new benefit concert streaming on the Fulton Theatre’s virtual platform, Fulton HD, delivers an hour of irresistible tunes performed with impeccable style, charm, and emotional depth by a stellar ensemble, who have a strong bond with Maine theatre. Directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, this beautifully crafted musical revue brings together Curt Dale Clark, Charis Leos, David Girolmo, Cary Michele Miller, Jay Poff, and Gillian Hassert, all of whom are favorites at Maine State Music and most veterans of either the 2016 THE IRISH AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY co-production with Portland Stage or Robin’s restaging at the Fulton Theatre in 2018.
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 11, 2022
BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look at The Axelrod Performing Arts Center's The Bridges of Madison County, The Musical, starring Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!, Finian's Rainbow) and Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music, The Light in the Piazza). The musical, which runs from March 11-27, is directed by one of its original stars, Hunter Foster (Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors, Million Dollar Quartet, The Producers).
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 9, 2022
​​​​​​Berkshire Theatre Group has announced casting for shows in BTG’s Late Summer 2022 Season. The full season will feature B.R.O.K.E.N code B.I.R.D switching, a world premiere play and an award recipient of the GRANTS FOR ARTS PROJECTS from the National Endowment for the Arts; Once, a Tony Award-winning musical; Songs For a New World, the first musical by a Tony Award winner; Dracula, a classic gothic tale of horrors; and Edward Albee's Seascape, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play. 
by Stephi Wild - Jun 4, 2021
Award-winning singer and actor Steven Brinberg (Simply Barbra) brings his new show On A Clear Day You Can See SIMPLY BARBRA Forever…  to The Green Room 42, 570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street (in Yotel Hotel) NYC on Thursday, June 10th at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM). 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 19, 2021
Whether it be a live or recorded performance, a classical, contemporary, musical theatre or spiritual song, British/Italian soprano Carly Paoli, certainly knows how to deliver and 24 September 2021 will see the release of a brand-new album,  Carly Paoli & Friends on the Abiah label. 
by Stephi Wild - Jul 11, 2022
The Lexington Theatre Company brings Broadway and Rising Stars to the stage.  Disney's The Little Mermaid will be led by seasoned pros from Broadway/National Tours including Edward Watts (Scandalous, Finian's Rainbow, The Music Man at The Lex) as King Triton, Emily Cramer (School of Rock, Mary Poppins, Les Misérables) as Ursula, Ryan Gregory Thurman (After Midnight, Elf: The Musical) as Sebastian, and Lexington's own Brance Cornelius (How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Cinderella) as Scuttle.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 5, 2022
Feinstein's/54 Below presents the music of Andy Roninson as part of the “New Writers at 54” series on August 5th, 2020.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 27, 2022
An extension to booking has been announced for the Olivier award-winning production of Mary Poppins with tickets now on sale until 10 July 2022 at the Prince Edward Theatre. 
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 22, 2022
In the early twentieth century, a new art form was rapidly gaining visibility in popular culture, and would continue integrating itself into movies, music, television and other forms of media for decades to come- musical theatre.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 11, 2022
After 34 years serving as the Creative Director and then Senior Vice President of Jujamcyn Theaters, Jack Viertel has announced his retirement as of the end of 2021. Mr. Viertel came to the company in 1987 and was involved in the production of many award-winning plays and musicals, including six of August Wilson’s legendary ten–play Century Cycle.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 25, 2021
Broadway Smashes COVID is going to be a star-studded evening of music and laughter with performances by Tony and Grammy Award winners, operatic icons, televisions celebrities and YouTube sensations to benefit Health Care Without Walls, a nonprofit that provides free medical care to a growing number of homeless women and children in Greater Boston.
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 25, 2021
Today (February 25) in live streaming: its Game Night on Stars in the House, Brian Stokes Mitchell on Backstage Live, and more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 15, 2022
The Axelrod Performing Arts Center will present The Bridges of Madison County, The Musical, starring Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!, Finian’s Rainbow) and Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music, The Light in the Piazza).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 11, 2022
As the month of March is drawing near, Segerstrom Center for the Arts is excited to announce a full line-up of events to be held on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Since opening in October 2017, Segerstrom Center has welcomed over 100,000 visitors to Argyros Plaza at nearly 360 free and low-cost events.
by BWW Staff - Dec 22, 2021
The Axelrod PAC in New Jersey has set two-time Tony nominee Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!, Finian’s Rainbow) and film and TV star Aaron Lazar (Fox’s Filthy Rich and the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music) as the leads for their production of The Bridges of Madison County, directed by one of its original stars Hunter Foster.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 31, 2021
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by A.A. Cristi - Aug 10, 2021
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by A.A. Cristi - Apr 8, 2022
Porchlight Music Theatre’s first New Faces Sing Broadway concert of 2022, New Faces Sing Broadway 1947 with host Robin DaSilva, directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo, music directed by Linda Madonia and featuring ten new up and coming talents performing songs from the 1947 Broadway season begins streaming Friday, April 8.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 4, 2021
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Tony-nominated actor William McGuire, known by his nickname 'Biff' has died at age 94.
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 22, 2021
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 14, 2022
White Heron Theatre Company of Nantucket today announced 'The Intensive,' a pre-professional training opportunity for students 18 and older. The Intensive's faculty includes nationally recognized leaders in the entertainment industry and is hosted at the White Heron's state-of-the-art facility June 10 - 12.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 11, 2022
Fan-favorite guest conductor Byron Stripling returns to the POPS with a 's marvelous star-studded array of guest vocalists and musicians, celebrating beloved American music legend George Gershwin in 'S Wonderful 'S Gershwin, May 13–15 at the Kimmel Cultural Campus.
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 10, 2021
We're taking a closer look at the musicals that inspired writers, creators, and performers for years to come, and today we're kicking it off at the top of the Golden Age. Study up on the great musicals of the 1940s with a playlist of 75 showtunes of the era.

Finian's Rainbow Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of Finian's Rainbow have their been?
Finian's Rainbow has had 15 productions including Broadway which opened in 1947, Broadway which opened in 1947, West End which opened in 1947, Broadway which opened in 1955, Broadway which opened in 1955, Broadway which opened in 1960, Broadway which opened in 1960, Regional (US) which opened in 1997, New York which opened in 1999, US Tour which opened in 1999, New York which opened in 2003, Off-Broadway which opened in 2004, Off-Broadway which opened in 2004, Broadway which opened in 2009 and Off-Broadway which opened in 2016.

What Tony Awards has Finian's Rainbow been nominated for?
Best Conductor and Musical Director for Max Meth and Best Choreography for Michael Kidd.

What Tony Awards has Finian's Rainbow won?
Best Conductor and Musical Director for Max Meth and Best Choreography for Michael Kidd.

What other awards has Finian's Rainbow been nominated for?
Performance (Theatre World Awards) for David Wayne.

What other awards has Finian's Rainbow won?
Performance (Theatre World Awards) for David Wayne.

What productions of Finian's Rainbow have their been?
Finian's Rainbow has had 15 productions including Broadway which opened in 1947, Broadway which opened in 1947, West End which opened in 1947, Broadway which opened in 1955, Broadway which opened in 1955, Broadway which opened in 1960, Broadway which opened in 1960, Regional (US) which opened in 1997, New York which opened in 1999, US Tour which opened in 1999, New York which opened in 2003, Off-Broadway which opened in 2004, Off-Broadway which opened in 2004, Broadway which opened in 2009 and Off-Broadway which opened in 2016.

What awards has Finian's Rainbow been nominated for?
Performance (Theatre World Awards) for David Wayne.

What awards has Finian's Rainbow won?
Performance (Theatre World Awards) for David Wayne.

What songs are in Finian's Rainbow and what's the order?
This Time of the Year
How Are Things in Glocca Morra?
Look to the Rainbow
Old Devil Moon
Something Sort of Grandish
If This Isn't Love
Necessity
That Great Come-and-Get-It Day
When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich
Dance o' the Golden Crock
The Begat
When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love
Rain Dance Ballet

What is the order of songs in Finian's Rainbow and what's the order?
This Time of the Year
How Are Things in Glocca Morra?
Look to the Rainbow
Old Devil Moon
Something Sort of Grandish
If This Isn't Love
Necessity
That Great Come-and-Get-It Day
When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich
Dance o' the Golden Crock
The Begat
When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love
Rain Dance Ballet

What productions of Finian's Rainbow have there been?
Finian's Rainbow has had 15 productions including Broadway which opened in 1947, Broadway which opened in 1947, West End which opened in 1947, Broadway which opened in 1955, Broadway which opened in 1955, Broadway which opened in 1960, Broadway which opened in 1960, Regional (US) which opened in 1997, New York which opened in 1999, US Tour which opened in 1999, New York which opened in 2003, Off-Broadway which opened in 2004, Off-Broadway which opened in 2004, Broadway which opened in 2009 and Off-Broadway which opened in 2016.