Finian's Rainbow (Irish Repertory Theatre Cast Recording)

Finian's Rainbow (Irish Repertory Theatre Cast Recording)

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Founded in 1988, the Irish Repertory Theatre of New York is an off-Broadway theater company that generally spends its time reviving the works of Irish playwrights like Sean O'Casey and Brendan Behan, though it also extends its charter to cover writers of Irish lineage, such as Oscar…  See more details below

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Founded in 1988, the Irish Repertory Theatre of New York is an off-Broadway theater company that generally spends its time reviving the works of Irish playwrights like Sean O'Casey and Brendan Behan, though it also extends its charter to cover writers of Irish lineage, such as Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, and Eugene O'Neill. Still, doing Finian's Rainbow is a stretch, as it was written by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, nobody's idea of an Irishman, and it is a musical to boot (the music is by Burton Lane). Nevertheless, the plot does concern two expatriate Irish citizens (and a leprechaun) set loose in a mythical American South, and when the company launched its stripped-down two-piano version of the 1947 Broadway show on April 14, 2004, it attracted good reviews. Off-Broadway shows generally do not result in cast recordings, either, but, as a sleeve note to this one reveals, "This album was produced through the extraordinary generosity of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick." Presumably, then, the acting couple who have made a mint in movies and TV (Broderick hasn't done bad with Broadway's The Producers, either) financed the recording. They are to be thanked for preserving a spirited performance led by Melissa Errico, in the leading female role of Sharon McLonergan, who sings "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?," and Malcolm Gets, as Og, the leprechaun, who sings "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love." Finian's Rainbow has enjoyed several recordings, the best of which remains the original Broadway cast album. But by taking this one down to the score's musical basics, the Irish Repertory Theatre cast and pianists Mark Hartman and Mark Janas give listeners a version that has an intimacy and directness, and that emphasizes Harburg's witty lyrics. [In an era when seemingly every album must have a "bonus" of some sort or another, Harburg himself is heard singing "Old Devil Moon" in a 1974 recording at the end.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
Label:
Ghostlight
UPC:
0791558440225
catalogNumber:
84402
Rank:
17772

Tracks

  1. Overture
  2. This time of the year  - David Staller
  3. How are things in Glocca Morra?  - Melissa Errico
  4. Woody's Entrance
  5. Look to the Rainbow  - Melissa Errico
  6. Old Devil Moon  - Melissa Errico
  7. Intro to Necessity  - Terri White
  8. Necessity  - Terri White
  9. Something Sort of Grandish  - Melissa Errico
  10. If This Isn't Love  - Melissa Errico
  11. Something Sort of Grandish reprise  - Malcolm Gets
  12. That Great Come-And-Get-It Day  - Melissa Errico
  13. When The Idle Poor Become The Idle Rich  - Melissa Errico
  14. When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich Reprise  - Jonathan Freeman
  15. Old Devil Moon reprise  - Melissa Errico
  16. Fiddle Faddle  - Malcolm Gets
  17. The Begat  - Terri White
  18. The Wedding/Look to the Rainbow  - Melissa Errico
  19. When I'm Not Near The Girl I Love  - Malcolm Gets
  20. Finian's Farewell  - Jonathan Freeman
  21. Finale  - Melissa Errico
  22. Old Devil Moon (Sung by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg)  - E.Y. "Yip" Harburg

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Irish Repertory Theatre Cast   Primary Artist
Jonathan Freeman   Vocals,cast
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Vocals
John Sloman   Vocals,cast
Mark Hartman   Piano,Musical Direction
David Staller   Vocals,Narrator,cast
Eric Jackson   Vocals
Malcolm Gets   Vocals,cast
Terri White   Vocals,cast
Eric D. Jackson   cast
Jonathan Hadley   cast
Melissa Errico   Vocals,cast
Max Von Essen   Vocals,cast
Kerry O'Malley   cast
Mark Aldrich   cast
Joacquin Stevens   Vocals
Jayne Ackley Lynch   Vocals
Finian's Rainbow Cast Ensemble   cast
Mark Janas   Piano

Technical Credits

E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer,Lyricist,Book
Burton Lane   Composer
Joel Moss   Producer,Engineer,Engineering
Mark Hartman   Orchestration,Vocal Arrangements
Carol Rosegg   Production Photography
Tony Walton   Artwork
Nathaniel James   Mastering Associate
Kurt Deutsch   Executive Producer
Philip Rinaldi   Publicity
Charlotte Moore   Plot Synopsis
Deena (Rosenberg) Harburg   Lyric Editing
Fred Saidy   Book
Nathan James   Mastering Associate

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