By James H. Burns: Here’s a clip from Finian’s Rainbow as a quick leadup to St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, with Melissa Errico singing a number from that all-time excellent show.
Errico starred in the production that introduced me to the enchanting tale, in 2004 at Charlotte Moore’s Irish Repertory Theatre in Manhattan. The musical, which debuted on Broadway in the late 1940s, has been unwisely overlooked in the past decades, largely due to a pretty lacklustre film adaptation. The script and score of the original are well worth checking out for any fan of wonderment! And when Ms. Errico sang “Look to the Rainbow” on the evening I saw the play, we both wound up weeping together, me in the fifth row or so of that great small Off Broadway theatre… But that’s a tale for another day!
(And I should mention my pal James Morgan, who designed the set for that production, as well as such other fantasy endeavors as the 1989 Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd. He’s also the artistic director for the York Theatre Company, a terrific place on 54th Street, devoted to musicals, and which has a series of free readings of new productions, many of which have been fantasy or science fiction tales! The York’s presentation of the new biography musical, Cagney, about the great movie star, is about to transfer for another Off Broadway run!)
In the meanwhile… I believe, thankfully, I hear a Glocca Morra bird, just about every day!