Finian's Rainbow Brings in New Cast Members for End of Run
The musical revival has been extended twice at the Irish Repertory Theatre.
Beginning at yesterday's performance, Din Griffin joined as a Gospeleer (replacing Ramone Owens), Jeremiah James took on the role of Woody (replacing Ryan Silverman), Alex May joined as Lilly Mae (replacing Kimberly Doreen Burns), and Max Sheldon joined in the role of Og (replacing Mark Evans).
Tony nominee Melissa Errico (Amour) and Ken Jennings (Sweeney Todd) continue as Sharon and Finian, along with original cast members William Bellamy as a Gospeleer, Dewey Caddell as Senator, Peyton Crim as Sheriff, Matt Gibson as Buzz Collins, Angela Grovey as Sallyann, Kyle Taylor Parker as a Gospeleer, and Lyrica Woodruff as Susan the Silent. Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg, and Fred Saidy wrote the musical.
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 social injustice.
Errico, who starred in Irish Rep's 2004 production of the musical, reprises her performance as Sharon, which she returned to earlier this year in a benefit concert for the company.
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.