We went to the dress rehearsal of Finian's Rainbow last night. It's an old fashioned show with modern sensibilities about love, dreams and racism.
The Burton Lane music and Yip Harburg lyrics range from gorgeous to catchy, including the classic Old Devil Moon, rendered perfectly by Cheyenne Jackson and Kate Baldwin. What a gorgeous duo! Swoon! Kate sparkled as the lovely Irish lass Sharon. Hearing her sing How Are Things in Glocca Mora was heavenly. She looks like a star from the 1940s, when Finian's Rainbow was first produced.
Jeremy Bobb as the Og, the Leprechaun and Jim Norton as Finian were great comedy fodder. Terri White, who unfortunately isn't given top billing, practically stole the show with Necessity. Ruben Santiago-Hudson along with Bernard Dotson, Joe Aaron Reid, and Devin Richards pull off a great black minstral quartet with The Begat.
Overall, thanks to the cast and some of those gorgeous songs, it's a very satisifying Encores production, despite some boring choreography and costumes. It opens tonight and runs through Sunday night.