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  • Performer: Kate Baldwin, Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton, Christopher Fitzgerald
  • Audio CD (February 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • ASIN: B0030AIGKI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,772 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. This Time of the Year
3. How Are Things in Glocca Morra?
4. Look to the Rainbow
5. Look to the Rainbow (Dance)
6. Old Devil Moon
7. Something Sort of Grandish
8. If This Isn't Love
9. Something Sort of Grandish (Reprise)
10. Intro to Necessity
11. Necessity
12. That Great 'Come-and-Get-It' Day
13. Entr'acte
14. When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich
15. Old Devil Moon (Reprise)
16. Dance of the Golden Crock
17. The Begat
18. Look to the Rainbow (Reprise)
19. When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love
20. Finale Ultimo

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The classic American musical Finian's Rainbow returned to Broadway on October 29, 2009, to rave reviews. The New York Times predicted 'permanent sunshine' for this 'thoroughly winning and joyous' production; Variety hailed it as an 'infectious charmer, with one of Broadway's consistently melodious scores;' while the critic for The Wall Street Journal stated simply, I don't think I've ever seen a more musically satisfying show.' Featuring some of the wittiest, most heartfelt and memorable songs ever written for the stage (including How Are Things in Glocca Morra?, Old Devil Moon, and Look to the Rainbow), Burton Lane and Yip Harburg's score - rendered here by a cast of 29 and a full orchestra -- remains one of Broadway's finest. The acclaimed cast includes Broadway stars Jim Norton, Cheyenne Jackson and Christopher Fitzgerald, plus newcomer Kate Baldwin in a star-making turn. With its sparkling score of beloved standards and a whimsical story that dances between romance, satire and fairy tale, Finian's Rainbow is a musical theater treasure, and this' New Broadway Cast Recording will 'carry you away on a cloud of melody, magic and make-you-swoon performances. (New York Daily News).

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Finian's Rainbow may be one of the quirkier classics in the Broadway repertoire, but it is a classic, anchored by three great standards: "How Are Things in Glocca Mora?", "Old Devil Moon," and "Look to the Rainbow." The quirkiness mostly comes from the plot: Irishman Finian McLongeran (Jim Norton) arrives in America along with his loyal daughter (Kate Baldwin) and a pot of gold that he intends to bury near Fort Knox in order to grow it into a fortune. Throw in a bunch of sharecroppers led by Woody (Cheyenne Jackson) and an angry leprechaun who wants his gold back (Christopher Fitzgerald), and you have the framework for the score by Burton Lane and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg that also includes the comedic "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love" and the ensemble numbers "If This Isn't Love" and "That Great 'Come-and-Get-It' Day." The 2009 revival cast recording may not have the charms of the original Broadway lead, Ella Logan, but Baldwin is a particularly appealing lead herself, and top to bottom it's the best-sung recording and the most complete. While its Broadway run only lasted three months, the production received three Tony nominations, for Baldwin, Fitzgerald, and Best Revival of a Musical. --David Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

This 1960 revival recording is an excellent addition to the Finian's Rainbow canon.
Pope
Surely there are few love songs greater than "Old Devil Moon" and fewer comic songs as good as "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love".
Staysun
While the CD version of the original 1947 cast album has its rewards, this newer recording is far superior.
TravelMod

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By stycher stevens on February 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This new recording of the revival of Finian's Rainbow is one of the those rare recordings that take you away. This score hasn't had a top rate recording is almost sixty years. The cast that was brought together for this revival is amazing. Their voices are pure gold. I saw the show at the St.James and it was Magical. And now I have the CD to remind me what a fantastic night in the theater it was. They don't write them like this anymore. Congratulations to all that were involved in bringing this treasure back to Broadway. It certainly left Broadway way to soon. Maybe someday it shall come back to Broadway after it wins some Tony Awards in June. We can keep wishing on that rainbow.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Ash on February 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I was one of the lucky ones who saw this great production on Broadway and this cast album really captures the magic and vitality of that special night - everyone sounds terrific, from the orchestra to the principals, down to the chorus. It's great to hear all the restored pieces, and this important recording will certainly be regarded as the definitive version - get a copy and pray that this production comes to your town in a tour!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By I Know Music on February 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Wow! This is a gorgeous recording of a wonderful show! Every song is amazing and the voices are beyond beautiful. I don't know when I've heard a more heartfelt song than "GloccaMora" or a more rousing ensemble number than "Come and Get it Day"! Thank you, thank you for giving us this perfect recording of a fabulous show ... we were lucky enough to get to see the show itself in NYC and this is a very faithful memory of a special hit Broadway show!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This isn't a bad recording of arguably the greatest score a Broadway musical ever had; it has generally good conducting and performances. But except for the brief contributions from the great Carol Brice, there are no standout performances, certainly nothing to compare with the memorable Ella Logan and David Wayne on the original 1947 cast recording (on Columbia). And despite the fact that the original cast recording originally came out on 78s, it isn't all that much less complete than this recording from the LP era--the only major addition in the 1960 recording is a brief reprise of "Something Sort of Grandish." So unless you must have stereo (and the 1947 sound of the original cast recording is fine), go for the Columbia version. And get it NOW. This score is desert-island stuff.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As strange as it might seem "Finian's Rainbow" is exactly what it seems like, the odd fusion of two different non-musical ideas. E. Y. "Yip" Harburg, the immortal lyricist for "The Wizard of Oz," had two non-musical ideas. The first was about a leprechaun who has three wishes while the second was about a bigoted white Senator who is turned black and becomes victimized by his own racial prejudice. "Finian's Rainbow" is the result of this odd collision of diverse ideas. With a book by Harburg and Fred Saidy and music by Burton Lane, whose lesser known musical works include "Hold On to Your Hats" with Al Jolson and "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever." This original cast album features the 1960 revival production directed and choreographed by Herbert Ross and stars Jeannie Carson as Sharon McLonergan, Bobby Howes as her father Finian, Biff McGuire as Woody Mahoney, Howard Morris as Og the leprechaun and Sorrell Booke as Senator Billboard Rawkins.
The setting for the show is Rainbow Valley in the state of Missitucky, where the farm of Woody Mahoney and his mute sister Susan is about to be auctioned off to the evil Senator Rawkins. Woody is short on the back taxes but the day is saved by Finian McLonergan and his daughter Sharon, who now become part owners of Rainbow Valley. Finian has stolen a crock o' gold from the leprechauns and wants to bury it near Fort Knox so it will grow. He also has plans for the three wishes that come with the crock. Woody and Sharon fall in love, but then Og the leprechaun shows up wanting his crock o' gold back. When the Senator learns there is gold in the Valley, he makes a blatant attempt to seize the land from the black sharecroppers.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. Gregory on March 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The new recording of "Finian's Rainbow" is a gem--but it's a diamond in the rough. For the first time ever, the miraculous score is presented in its entirely, and it sung and played spectacularly. The performances are the diamond; the rough, however, diminishes the experience severely. Difficult though it may be to believe, Columbia's 1947 original cast recording of "Finian's Rainbow" is sonically superior to the brand-new Broadway revival recording. This revival cast recording in pure digital clarity has the ambiance of Decca's 1940's recordings of "Oklahamo!" and "Carousel," which is to say that this "Finian's Rainbow" sounds like it was recorded in a linen closet. The sound is at once clear and dead. It conjures visions of the singers standing shoulder to shoulder with the instrumentalists as they duck falling pillow cases. In contrast, Columbia's original cast version has the full sound of a show performed in a theatre. If the technicians who recorded this spectacular performance last December had an iota of respect for theatre and cast recordings in general and a love of "Finian's Rainbow" in particular, this could have been one of the finest cast recordings of all time. Performances: 100%, Recording: zero.
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Hi James....lucky you that you got to see this production. I didn't even know it was back on Broadway until today. I've never seen the show but when I was about 10 or 11 years old my parents went to NY to see it and came home with the record. It was played a lot in our house and I loved all of... Read More
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