'Finian' nails down dates and some cast
The Broadway transfer of the Encores! revival of “Finian’s Rainbow” has nailed down dates and some of its cast, with the tuner set to begin Rialto perfs in October.Jim Norton (“The Seafarer”) and Kate Baldwin will reprise the parts they essayed this spring in the Encores! run, with the pair playing an Irishman and his daughter who are pursued by a leprechaun in the American South. Christopher Fitzgerald (“Young Frankenstein”) will play leprechaun Og, with Chuck Cooper (“The Life”) taking on the role played by Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the Encores! incarnation. Both thesps are new to the production. Further casting remains to be announced, including the actor who will play the romantic lead portrayed by Cheyenne Jackson in the spring. The 1947 tuner has an original book by E.Y. Yarburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Yarburg and music by Burton Lane. Arthur Perlman and David Ives contributed to the adaptation of the book. Helmed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle (“A Tale of Two Cities”), “Finian’s” begins previews Oct. 8 ahead of an Oct. 29 opening at the St. James Theater.