On Thursday night, I attended the first preview of Finian's Rainbow at the St. James with Kevin, my favorite Theatre Aficionado. I went to cheer on Broadway's newest leading lady, Kate Baldwin. And cheer I did...and by the time she took her curtain call, I shed a tear or two as well. I am indeed proud of this fabulous performer who is deservedly in the Star spot now. Congratulations, Kate!
I saw the dress rehearsal of Finian's Rainbow at City Center last spring. I definitely enjoyed it, mainly due to Kate, Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton and Terri White. And then it was mostly because of the wonderful Burton Lane and Yip Harburg songbook. This time, I enoyed it because it was plainly wonderful from the fabulous choreography to the terrific sounding chorus and orchestra (at least TWO! French horns!).
Changes to the Broadway cast are Christopher Fitzgerald, Chuck Cooper and David Schram (Roy from Wings!). Christopher is absolutely fabulous as the sly lephrechaun Og.
I'm a fan of the classic Broadway show and this has it all. It's a blast of a great time and the performances are even better. I can't wait to take this one in again. Get discount tickets via BroadwayBox.