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Finian's Rainbow

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Members say: Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Dated

About the show

Irish Rep revives its adaptation of the classic E.Y. Harburg Burton Lane musical with Tony-nominee Melissa Errico reprising her role as Sharon. Hit songs include "Old Devil Moon" and "If This Isn't Love." More…

Equal parts romantic fairy tale and sociopolitical satire, this groundbreaking 1947 musical follows an Irishman who steals a feisty leprechaun’s pot of gold and escapes with his daughter, Sharon, to Missitucky, a mythical region in the United States that is part of the Jim Crow South. The daughter and the sprite each find love with others, but also encounter bigotry, economic disparity, and cultural injustice.

Member Reviews (94)


Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Dated
Avg Score

Dated, Romantic, Enchanting, Quirky, Insightful for its time

See it if Light hearted crooning 40's music, enthusiastic performances, race/class insights ahead of its time. Hopes and dreams for a better world.

Don't see it if Shallow characters, mostly ballads, not too dramatic. Good show for my parents but not my teenagers.

Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Romantic, Dated

See it if Wonderful score by Burton/Harburg & both leads in excellent voice keeps this hokum afloat. Moore's streamlined script helps a bit

Don't see it if Even at a crisp 2 hrs. show still feels draggy ; clunky adaptation can hinder enjoyment but the music is incandescent

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if want to see one of the best productions of the show in an intimate setting. Melissa Errico performs the same role that she did 12 years ago

Don't see it if costumes are your forte. Something seemed to be missing here..

Also Errico is even better today. The Irish Rep should be proud of the late... Read more Read less

Great singing, Fluffy, Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing

See it if the show is new to you, you're a fan of Melissa Errico, curious about staging on Irish Rep's small stage, you enjoy the score performed live

Don't see it if you want a big, brash musical with elaborate numbers & strong subsidiary characters, fairy-tale racial tolerance theme out of place today

Enchanting, Great acting, Refreshing, Quirky, Fanciful

See it if you're looking for something uplifting with a beautiful score and solid performances. Despite this show's age, it's surprisingly relevant.

Don't see it if you like dark, moody, or edgy material.

Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Silly story, Charming

See it if You enjoy a well acted and sung musical. Very charming presentation.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. This show is all about the music, the story line is sophomoric.

Great singing, Great score, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny

See it if the music is much more important than the plot to you - this has a wonderful score and all the voices excellent but the plot is very weak

Don't see it if you want a coherent plot or a romantic one; did not feel the chemistry between the Sharon and Woody - Not due to Errico (see below)

Also Errico was amazing. The actor playing Woody just started in the beginn... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Great songs gone amiss

See it if You love this show. Melissa did this ten years or so ago and was better then although she still has a beautiful voice. If never saw her, go.

Don't see it if You love this show. Disappointing production. Melissa E lovely but too old for the part. No chemistry with leading man. She could be his mom

Also Band on stage directly behind singers is distracting. Virtually no set... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You want to see a classic done without any frills added, great voices without amplification

Don't see it if You want glitz, glamour , and velvet curtains

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant

See it if Beautiful score that combines romance, socially relevant and political themes into a magical, fantasy-type production. Catchy tunes.

Don't see it if Do not enjoy old-fashioned, musical or fantasy theater.

Disappointing, Cliched, Well sung, Clunky direction, Dated

See it if You want to hear the fine score of this show largely well delivered.

Don't see it if Clunky direction and a dated book are deal killers for you.

Dated, Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if you want a fairy-tale musical, suitable for the whole family,

Don't see it if you want something edgy or with a non-fantasy storyline.

Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if This small stage intimate production is perfect for this sweet fairy tale with a gorgeous score and delightful ensemble

Don't see it if U hate cuts that are nonetheless very judicious and truly make the show better. Antidote to toxic political season we have just survived

Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant

See it if You want to really hear a beautifully sung show without over amplification. The simplicity and purity of the production is a pleasure.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

Great singing, Must see, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love musical comedy with superb performances and songs you already know.

Don't see it if You don't like dated shows even if they resonate today.

Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You love leprechauns, lilting Irish accents and hummable songs, optimism and happy endings

Don't see it if you like dark, heavy stuff where it all ends badly

Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Fabulous score

See it if you want to hear one classic song after another performed by dazzling singer/actor/dancers, reminding us of what fun musical comedies can be

Don't see it if you don't like musical comedies.

Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining, Nostalgic

See it if want a wonderful, intimate staging of a classic show; fantastic cast, beautiful music; you'll know almost every song

Don't see it if want a big orchestra or lavish production

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic

See it if You want a wonderful score sung beautifully and presented with love and honest affection. What musicals should be--not the glitz and hype

Don't see it if you need to have the above-mentioned glitz and special effects. or if you are put off by basic truths about relationships and responsibility

Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if you like shows that are based in fantasy and that have songs you may recognize.

Don't see it if you only like shows that are complete realistic or have never been done before.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You adore a score where almost every song is enchanting and memorable. Many have deservedly become standards and they are well served here.

Don't see it if You seek good production values, a cohesive ensemble-no chemistry at all between performers. Evans as Og steals not the gold, but the show!

Great singing, Romantic, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you like a sweet, classic musical.

Don't see it if you want a big, sweeping Broadway musical.

Entertaining, Great writing, Funny, Lilting tunes, Classic musical

See it if you enjoy leaving the theatre being able to remember (and sing) the songs you've heard.

Don't see it if you only enjoy rock musicals

Dated, Disappointing, Great singing, Slow

See it if you like the show, music, or Irish themed theater.

Don't see it if you want a story that has depth or makes sense. It's dated, aged poorly, & it deals with race in awkward, almost cringeworthy ways

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Dated

See it if classic broadway musicals

Don't see it if musicals that have not aged well

November 6th, 2016
"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 ...
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November 7th, 2016
"Plotwise, it's sentimental blarney...The glorious songs—which make up most of the two-hour run time thanks to director Charlotte Moore's judicious book cuts—should win you over...The 13, un-amplfied cast members are in superb voice throughout...There's no denying that this is a modest mounting d...
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November 10th, 2016
"So delightful that the run of the show has already been extended...Moore requested and received permission to drastically revise the show...All that’s left is its bare bones. This puts the score right where it belongs, at center stage, and it does so without destroying the dramatic continuity th...
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November 7th, 2016
"Moore has fashioned a fleet, intimate (if occasionally disjointed) 2-hour version of the show, and the cast is charming. The star is Errico, who has a gorgeous voice and who previously partnered with Silverman in 'Passion.' They sing wonderfully, but the pairing is not as felicitous here...They ...
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