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THE WIZARD OF OZ at Harlem Rep

In fall 2016 Harlem Repertory Theatre and The Yip Harburg Foundation premiered a jazzy new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ. The response has been enthusiastic. See the reviews at Stage BuddyThe Broadway Blog and Huffington Post. The show has been extended into spring 2017 with performances starting March 4 and continuing through May 27. Visit the Harlem Repertory Theatre web site for details. 240 E 123rd St., New York, NY.

FINIAN’S RAINBOW Returns to Irish Rep

Charlotte Moore’s adaptation of the classic Yip Harburg-Burton Lane-Fred Saidy musical Finian’s Rainbow returned to the Irish Repertory Theatre from Nov. 6, 2016 through Jan. 29, 2017 (extended twice after opening to rave reviews). The initial 2004 engagement  was also received with great acclaim. Tony-nominee Melissa Errico reprised her role as “Sharon.”

Harburg Recapitulations

On August 27, 2016 Yip’s great-grandson David Harburg, working with Children Waiting Everywhere, presented CONCERT FOR UGANDA, to raise funds to help build and paint a new schoolroom at the Bishop Magambo Primary School in Uganda. The concert featured new renditions of songs with lyrics by Yip including “Over the Rainbow,” “Old Devil Moon” and “Brother Can You Spare a Dime?”  The players were David Harburg, Joseph Shelcusky with music on the piano, Ed Wells sharing his originals and Rob Horning on violin. Venue: EMU Alexander Music Building Recital Hall. The tracks are now available on Spotify.