Saturday, April 04, 2009

Finian's Rainbow (The SOB Review)

Finian's Rainbow (The SOB Review) - City Center Main Stage, New York, New York

** (out of ****)

Now that it's been announced that the City Center Encores! musical reading of Finian's Rainbow will get all gussied up for a regular Broadway staging later this year, I feel compelled to write a few thoughts about this dated clunker.

I submit that what may have worked among the adoring, hard-core New York theatre audiences that regularly assembles for Encores! presentations simply won't sell on the Great White Way.

Yes, there were winning performances from Cheyenne Jackson, Kate Baldwin, Jim Norton and Terri White (who truly proved a "Necessity"). Also, Finian's Rainbow boasts some timeless tunes from the canon of E.Y. Harburg and Burton Lane -- I still can't get "Old Devil Moon" or "How Are Things in Glocca Morra" out of my mind.

But despite director/choreographer Warren Carlyle's best attempts to breathe new life into this 62 year old tuner -- which in 1947 had boldly challenged racial discrimination well ahead of its time -- Harburg and Fred Saidy' s ridiculously creaky book reads more like a relic.

And dare I say it? I was bored silly.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 08 April, 2009, Blogger Alicia said...

Go ahead and dare! Between your review and Chris', you can rest assured I will be spending my entertainment dollar elsewhere.

At 09 April, 2009, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Alicia, After reading Chris Caggiano's thorough review, I learned that much of the book was cut for the Encores! presentation. Who knows? Maybe a full-fledged mounting could be better if they are more true to the original.

At 12 January, 2010, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Sorry Anonymous, Advertising is not permitted here.


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