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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.

I Hear America Singing

“I Hear America Singing: The Immigrant’s Journey,” a celebration of the legacy of E.Y. (Yip) Harburg and of the partnership between The Yip Harburg Foundation and SUNY Empire State College, New York City, was presented in song and speech Monday, May 16, 2016 at Empire State College’s Metropolitan Center, 325 Hudson Street, 3rd floor multipurpose room. The Yip Harburg Foundation is a partner with Empire State College. It supports the college’s offerings and individualized degree plans in musical theatre. The concert was highly praised in a think piece by Jonathan Slaff in News Blaze.

Finian’s Rainbow in Concert: IRT Gala 2016

The Irish Repertory Theatre presented Finian’s Rainbow in concert at their annual fundraising gala on June 13, 2016 at New York City’s Town Hall. The event was hosted by Saoirse Ronan. IRT also presented the concert at their 2003 gala and it was so successful that they produced a sold-out, extended run of the production  in 2004. See Cara Joy David’s blog “Reflections on The Irish Rep and Finian’s Rainbow” from Huffington Post and Robert Goldblum’s “Yip Harburg’s Economic Rainbow” in The Jewish Week.