Finian’s Rainbow – Theater Review
Synopsis: Set in the mythical southern state of Missitucky, Finian’s Rainbow pits a charming Irish dreamer and his headstrong daughter against the host of complications that await them in their newly adopted land: a bigoted southern Senator, a credit crisis, a pesky leprechaun and, of course, a complicated love affair that gives birth to some of the most witty, charming and heartfelt songs ever written for the stage.
FINIAN’S RAINBOW is a wonderful play with a great soundtrack and I’ve seen it in Encores and I’ve seen it at the Irish Rep. All of them did a better job than this old chestnut which has got some wonderful songs including How Are Things in Glocha Mora, Look to the Rainbow, Old Devil Moon, Something Sort of Grandish, If This Isn’t Love. I mean there are some great great songs in this play. The problem is that the production is very flat. The only person you really like is the leprechaun. I think, to a certain extent, the problem is casting. I liked Cheyenne Jackson a lot, but he looks at least 20 years younger than Kate Baldwin, whether he is or not. So, unfortunately, as much I like the play and as much as I like the songs, I didn’t like this version of it. Two stars.