Finian's Rainbow

Finian's Rainbow

Burton Lane, E. Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy

Finian's Rainbow

Finian's Rainbow

Burton Lane, E. Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy


Aging Irish dreamer Finian McLonerghan and his savvy daughter Sharon travel to America to bury a small pot of gold, which Finian believes will grow to yield millions. When they arrive in fictional Rainbow Valley in Missitucky, the McLonerghans encounter goodhearted sharecroppers, bigoted blowhard politicians... and a romantic leprechaun! One of America's classic and most original musicals, Finian's Rainbow remains as timely now as when it was first written. The charming score includes hits like "Old Devil Moon," "Look to the Rainbow" and "How Are Things In Glocca Morra?"


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  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Cast Attributes: Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Expandable casting, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences


Burton Lane

Burton Lane, born in 1912, was – in the words of the New York Times – “one of the most respected American songwriters.”

Lane began composing when he was just 15, writing songs for musical reviews. His most revered work is the rich, classic Broadway score for Finian’s Rainbow. ...

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E. Y. Harburg

One of America’s greatest lyricists for stage and screen, Yip Harburg (1896-1981) was the son of poor Russian-Jewish immigrants and attended CCNY. Also a book writer (usually with Fred Saidy), director, and poet, Harburg wrote lyrics for more than 550 songs, including “It’s O ...

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Fred Saidy


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