REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Finian's Rainbow” Opened with a ShowScore of 83

Show-Score | Nov 7, 2016
“Finian's Rainbow,” with songs by Burton Lane and E.Y.  Harburg, and directed by Charlotte Moore, opened on November  6, 2016 in New York City. “Finian's Rainbow,” with songs by Burton Lane and E.Y. Harburg, and directed by Charlotte Moore, opened on November 6, 2016 in New York City.


8 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 85.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"Ms. Errico is, if anything, even more persuasive as Sharon, an Irish lass newly arrived on American soil, than when I saw her in the role a dozen years ago...The score, by Burton Lane and E. Y. Harburg, is one of the most enduringly delicious ever concocted for an American musical. The book, by Mr. Harburg and Fred Saidy, is more perishable, a mix of high whimsy and topical satire...Ms. Moore has come up with a very companionable interpretation."
David Gordon
ShowScore: 90
"Moore captures the magic within Burton Lane, Yip Harburg, and Fred Saidy's 1947 classic with great immediacy...A scrappy affair that captures the heart and soul of the material without going over the top...Best of all, the compactness of this production allows the company to perform the matchless score unamplified...With Errico, Silverman, Grovey, and company front and center, sounding like a cast of 50 rather than 13, this 'Finian's Rainbow' is downright glorious."
Steven Suskin
The Huffington Post
ShowScore: 85
"The inherent glint-in-the-eye charm of 'Finian' is simply but solidly captured by the folks, onstage and offstage, at the Irish Rep...Even with a good deal of trimming, the message comes through...Errico gives the friendly and melodic leading lady performance you would expect from her. Silverman is perfectly cast as Woody; while Evans makes a strong local debut and knocks the show cold with his 'When I’m Not Near the Girl I Love'...This pint-size 'Finian' scores on many levels."

“Finian's Rainbow” was also reviewed by Marilyn Lester of Theater Pizzazz, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, David Roberts of Theatre Reviews Limited, and Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway.


The show was also reviewed by 13 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 82.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great singing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Dated

Eleanore 2, ShowScore: 85 
See it if…"You like a classic musical that has been lovingly redone as a chamber piece. Fantastic singing with a radiant Melissa Errico."
Don't see it if…"You don't like classic musicals or shows that satirize race relations."
Jen6044, ShowScore: 71
See it if…"You enjoy the score of this show and want to see it sung beautifully." 
Don't see it if…"You want something modern or edgy. This is a classic musical done very well."
Janet 605869, ShowScore: 65
See it if…"You want to see Melissa Errico in a role she seems to have been born to play."  
Don't see it if…"While the leads are wonderful, the ensemble is shortchanged with direction and staging that feel more like a high-school musical."

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