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Finian's Rainbow: New Broadway Cast Recording/CD Cast Recording

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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 it's 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
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Product Details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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I have always preferred the performances on the 1960 revival album to the original cast recording. Although David Wayne won a Tony award for the creation of his Og, the Leprechaun, there is nothing vocally in his two songs to indicate anything special about the interpretation, while Howard Morris in the revival embellishes his vocal comedic acting with inventiveness and delight. Jeannie Carson is a superior vocalist to Ella Logan and Biff McGuire is less beefy than Donald Richards. The orchestrations are bright here and recorded in stereo, not the low fidelity of the 1947 original. In addition the non-dependence on 3.5 minute 78-rpm side limits allows the revival to give us extra material from the show - the LOOK TO THE RAINBOW dance, the reprise of SOMETHING SORT OF GRANDISH between Og and the children and the finale chorus of GLOCCA MORRA.
When one looks at the structure of the show it does strike one oddly that the four ballads come first in the show - after the opening choral number - with only one of the comic songs interspersed before the fourth ballad. Then come four of the five satirical songs all in a row, followed by the second comic song. It's unusual to have a show's songs bunched like this by type rather than blended for variety.
It's also an oddity that both an Irish and a Scottish fantasy should arrive on Broadway the same year (1947). While BRIGADOON has gone on to continued revivals and a healthy life, FINIAN'S RAINBOW due to its politically dated libretto, has faded from public view, rarely revived, and probably needing a program glossary for audiences to catch all the satire based on popular figures and movements of its day.
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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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