Live Arts Maryland presents Broadway in Annapolis: Finian’s Rainbow, Friday, February 12th at 7:30 PM and Saturday, February 13th at 3 PM and 8 PM at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. With a dream cast of audience favorites, stellar new performers and members of the Annapolis Chorale under the direction of Music Director J. Ernest Green, this Tony Awardwinner has it all.
As with all Live Arts Maryland’s Broadway in Annapolis musicals, Mr. Green’s emphasis is the music. Finian’s Rainbow features some of the most beautiful songs in the Broadway songbook, including “How are Things in Glocca Morra,” “Look to the Rainbow,” and “If This Isn’t Love.”
This groundbreaking and controversial musical premiered in 1947, winning multiple Tony Awards, and has been revived on and off Broadway several times since then. A film of the musical with Fred Astaire and Petula Clark was released in 1968.
The controversial language of the play has changed over the years but the message is no less timely. One of the more recent hit revival productions was produced by New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre Company in 2004. Artistic Director New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre Company updated the script, which had become dated, and the presentation of the musical. Almost, but not quite, a concert version of the original, Moore’s version was a critical and box office success with its two pianos as the musical accompaniment and her adaptation of the script. Says Mr. Green, “I chose to do this version of the musical because I think it has a very powerful message for modern audiences and because the music is extraordinary. When people discover it, they’ll want to hear it again.”
Live Arts Maryland welcomes back Bernard Dotson (First Gospeleer), who first wowed audiences in LAM’s 2013 Marvin Hamlisch celebration. Joining LAM for the first time are Broadway performers Matt Gibson (Woody Mahoney), James Alexander (Second Gospeleer), John E. Lucas (Third Gospeleer), and Trent Armand Kendall (Rawkins). The cast also features a who’s who of local standout performers, including audience favorites Jason Buckwalter (Og), Kimberly Christie (Susan Mahoney), Tom Magette (Finian McLonergan), Catrin Davies (Sharon McLonergan), and Duncan Hood (Senator Billboard Rawkins) and more. Members of the Annapolis Chorale will also be featured in small on-stage roles.