I went to see a preview of the new Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow yesterday, which will start previews at the St. James Theater on October 8th. It turned out to be a great way to spend my lunch hour. The 35-person cast performed six numbers from the show, including the signature song, "How Are Things in Glocca Morra," one of my personal favorites; "Necessity," sung by the fantastic Terri White; and the buoyant "If This Isn't Love," which I've included a clip of here from this summer's Encores! production at City Center. The show, which has not been given a full Broadway revival since it premiered in 1947, is about a man named Finian (Jim Norton) who moves to the Deep South from Ireland with a pot of gold hoping it will grow in value. He brings his young, beautiful daughter (Kate Baldwin) and she falls in love with a handsome local Woody Mahoney, played by one of my favorite Broadway cuties, Cheyenne Jackson. Chuck Cooper -- who was not in the Encores! cast but will be in the Broadway one -- plays a racist Senator who is magically turned black.
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