(Edward Rothstein's article appeared 12/23 in The New York Times.)
Grandish Wordplay: Harburg’s Ish List
In Avatar Studios in Manhattan recently, something sort of goofish came over me, manifested by a persistent grin as I listened to Christopher Fitzgerald and Kate Baldwin sing. The cast of this season’s Broadway production of “Finian’s Rainbow” was making a recording for February release, and in this case, the musical’s leprechaun (Mr. Fitzgerald), slowly turning mortal, was discovering a new kind of feeling whenever he was near Sharon (Ms. Baldwin).
It was very like the feeling I recognize in myself when in close proximity to the best work of this 1947 show’s lyricist, E. Y. Harburg, known as Yip, which is why I was listening to this session. That is also why I went to a rehearsal for a production of the 1951 musical “Flahooley,” a less distinguished achievement than “Finian” but one in which Harburg was also verbal master of ceremonies. (“Flahooley” is being performed through Jan. 3 at the Theater for the New City in the East Village in a joint presentation with the Harlem Repertory Theater.)
'FLAHOOLEY' at Theater for the New City: http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net/flahooley.htm
'FINIAN'S RAINBOW' at the St. James Theatre: http://www.finiansonbroadway.com/
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