Finian's Rainbow [2009 Broadway Revival Cast]

Original 2010 Broadway Cast

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Finian's Rainbow [2009 Broadway Revival Cast] Review

by William Ruhlmann

The second Broadway revival of the 1947 musical Finian's Rainbow (following the first, in 1960) opened on October 29, 2009, and closed two and a half months later on January 17, 2010, after only 92 performances, despite having been well received by critics. Broadway observers blamed its early demise, and those of some other productions, on the economic recession and on a trend in which, with ticket prices sky high, theatergoers were more likely to flock to shows featuring movie and TV stars or to established blockbusters. Whatever the reasons, it's too bad this solid production couldn't have been see by more people since, as the album demonstrates, it featured a talented cast led by Irish stage veteran Jim Norton as Finian, the expatriate from the imaginary Irish town of Glocca Morra, now a resident of the equally imaginary Rainbow Valley in the state of "Missitucky," there to plant the crock of gold he stole from a leprechaun in the fertile ground near Fort Knox. Finian is accompanied by his daughter Sharon (Kate Baldwin), who predictably falls in love with the local sharecropper Woody (Cheyenne Jackson), such that the two are soon singing Broadway standards like "Look to the Rainbow," "Old Devil Moon," and "If This Isn't Love." Meanwhile, Og (Christopher Fitzgerald), the leprechaun, is in hot pursuit, but manages to pause long enough to sing "Something Sort of Grandish" and "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love." All of these performers are impressive, and the original orchestrations continue to sound great. Finian's Rainbow had a definitive cast recording back in 1947, and the subsequent ones documenting the 1960 Broadway revival, the 1968 film version (with Fred Astaire and Petula Clark), and a 2004 off-Broadway revival have all been excellent. This one, including more dialogue than usual, is another winning rendition of the music from a show that remains charming and timely, even if the Broadway run was disappointing.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Finian's Rainbow
1 05:19 SpotifyAmazon
2 03:34 SpotifyAmazon
3 Kate Baldwin 02:58 SpotifyAmazon
4 Kate Baldwin / Cheyenne Jackson / Jim Norton 02:33 SpotifyAmazon
5 01:43 SpotifyAmazon
6 Kate Baldwin / Cheyenne Jackson 03:58 SpotifyAmazon
7 Kate Baldwin / Christopher Fitzgerald 02:26 SpotifyAmazon
8 Kate Baldwin / Cheyenne Jackson / Jim Norton 05:48 SpotifyAmazon
9 Christopher Borger / Christopher Fitzgerald / Paige Simunovich 01:36 SpotifyAmazon
10 Guy Davis / Tyrick Wiltez Jones 01:02 SpotifyAmazon
11 Guy Davis / Terri White 03:58 SpotifyAmazon
12 Kate Baldwin / Cheyenne Jackson / James Stovall 04:46 SpotifyAmazon
13 02:23 SpotifyAmazon
14 Kate Baldwin / Jim Norton 05:34 SpotifyAmazon
15 Kate Baldwin / Cheyenne Jackson 01:50 SpotifyAmazon
16 Guy Davis 03:28 SpotifyAmazon
17 Chuck Cooper / Bernard Dotson / Devin Richards / James Stovall 03:19 SpotifyAmazon
18 Kate Baldwin / Cheyenne Jackson 01:39 SpotifyAmazon
19 Christopher Fitzgerald 03:56 SpotifyAmazon
20 Kate Baldwin / Cheyenne Jackson 02:10 SpotifyAmazon
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