Whimsical Irish musical, Finian’s Rainbow, heads back to the West End

Finian's Rainbow

A brand new production of Finian’s Rainbow, directed by Phil Willmott, is transferring to Charing Cross Theatre, for a six-week season from April 3, following a sold-out run at the Union Theatre.

This enchanting musical by composer Burton Lane (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) and lyricist E.Y Harburg (Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Brother Can You Spare a Dime?) contains some of the wonderful classics including Old Devil Moon, If This Isn’t Love, Look to the Rainbow and How are Things in Glocca Morra?

Finian’s Rainbow, not seen in the West End since 1947, is an irresistible candy floss confection that will send you away looking for rainbows with a song in your heart and a spring in your step…

Comedy writer Fred Saidy and Harburg integrated them into an unashamedly silly plot involving an Irish immigrant, pursued by a leprechaun, hoping to grow gold in the soil around Fort Knox while finding a husband for his daughter.

The result was a hit Broadway musical, and a much loved film version starring Fred Astaire, Petula Clark and Tommy Steele.

Finian’s Rainbow runs at the Charing Cross Theatre from April 3 – May 10.

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