‘Rainbow’ reels in new casting

O'Hare, Grant on board

The supporting cast has been set for a revival of “Finian’s Rainbow,” opening in February on Broadway after brief stints in Miami and Cleveland.

Kate Jennings Grant, Denis O’Hare, Tina Ou, J. Robert Spencer and Austin Pendleton have climbed aboard the musical, to be directed by Lonny Price and choreographed by Marguerite Derricks.

Tuner tells the tale of an Irishman who’s absconded from his homeland with a leprechaun’s gold only to face down the dastardly plots of anacquisitive, bigoted politician.

Grant, who plays the Irishman’s daughter, was seen most recently on Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein’s “An American Daughter.”

Among O’Hare’s Broadway credits are “Cabaret” and “Racing Demon.” Ou was in the ensemble for “Rent” in addition to her B’way roles in “Once Upon a Mattress” and “The King and I.” Spencer had his Broadway debut in “Sideshow” and has toured with “Cats.”

Pendleton, who portrays the conniving senator, has been seen in “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Fiddler on the Roof” on B’way and in films “Amistad” and “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge.” As director, his credits include Broadway legiters “Spoils of War” and “The Little Foxes” with Elizabeth Taylor.

E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy’s racially controversial book for the original 1947 production of “Rainbow” has been revamped by Tony-winning scribe Peter Stone to exclude offensive elements. Stone did the similarly motivated book-update for the current production of “Annie Get Your Gun.”

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