Finian's Rainbow (Irish Repertory Theatre Cast Recording)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 791558440225
  • Catalog Number: 84402
  • Sales rank: 336,885

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (3:26)
  2. 2 This time of the year - David Staller (2:41)
  3. 3 How are things in Glocca Morra? - Melissa Errico (2:32)
  4. 4 Woody's Entrance (0:35)
  5. 5 Look to the Rainbow - Melissa Errico (3:32)
  6. 6 Old Devil Moon - Melissa Errico (3:52)
  7. 7 Intro to Necessity - Terri White (0:27)
  8. 8 Necessity - Terri White (4:08)
  9. 9 Something Sort of Grandish - Melissa Errico (2:33)
  10. 10 If This Isn't Love - Melissa Errico (3:30)
  11. 11 Something Sort of Grandish reprise - Malcolm Gets (1:15)
  12. 12 That Great Come-And-Get-It Day - Melissa Errico (4:08)
  13. 13 When The Idle Poor Become The Idle Rich - Melissa Errico (3:19)
  14. 14 When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich Reprise - Jonathan Freeman (1:07)
  15. 15 Old Devil Moon reprise - Melissa Errico (1:44)
  16. 16 Fiddle Faddle - Malcolm Gets (1:55)
  17. 17 The Begat - Terri White (3:50)
  18. 18 The Wedding/Look to the Rainbow - Melissa Errico (1:28)
  19. 19 When I'm Not Near The Girl I Love - Malcolm Gets (3:55)
  20. 20 Finian's Farewell - Jonathan Freeman (2:05)
  21. 21 Finale - Melissa Errico (1:11)
  22. 22 Old Devil Moon (Sung by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg) - E.Y. "Yip" Harburg (1:29)
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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
Scott Hull Mastering
Mark Hartman Orchestration, Vocal Arrangements
Carol Rosegg Production Photography
Tony Walton Artwork
Jan Folkson Digital Editing
Nathaniel James Jr. 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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