Finian's Rainbow, Starring Melissa Errico, Extends Again at Irish Rep
The Irish Repertory Theatre has announced a second extension for its revival production of Finian's Rainbow, starring Tony nominee Melissa Errico. Performances will now run through January 29, 2017, nearly a month beyond its previously announced closing date of December 31. The production was originally slated to play its final performance on December 18 following a November 6 opening.
Directed and adapted by Irish Rep's Artistic Director Charlotte Moore, Finian's Rainbow follows an Irishman who steals a feisty leprechaun’s pot of gold and escapes with his daughter, Sharon, to Missitucky, a mythical region in the United States that is part of the Jim Crow South. The daughter and the sprite each find romance with others, but also encounter bigotry, economic disparity and cultural injustice.
Errico — who starred in the Irish Rep's 2004 production of the Burton Lane-E.Y. Harburg-Fred Saidy musical — reprises her performance as Sharon, which she returned to earlier this year in a benefit concert for the company. She stars alongside Ryan Silverman (Passion) as Woody, Mark Evans (Ghost) as Og, Ken Jennings (Sweeney Todd) as Finian, William Bellamy as a Gospeleer, Kimberly Doreen Burns as Lilly Mae, Dewey Caddell as Senator, Peyton Crim as Sheriff, Matt Gibson as Buzz Collins, Angela Grovey as Sallyann, Ramone Owens as a Gospeleer, Kyle Taylor Parker as a Gospeleer, and Lyrica Woodruff as Susan the Silent. Errico and Silverman costarred in Classic Stage Company's 2013 revival of Passion.
The production has choreography by Barry McNabb, scenic design by James Morgan, costume design by David Toser, lighting design by Mary Jo Dondlinger, musical supervision by John Bell, and dialect coaching by Stephen Gabis.