Finian's Rainbow

Musical - Original

46th Street Theatre

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  • Opening Date: January 10, 1947
  • Closing Date: October 2, 1948
  • Previews:
  • Performances: 725

Music: Burton Lane

Book: E.Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy

Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg


A blend of romantic fantasy and social commentary, Finian's Rainbow follows the adventures of an Irishman and his daughter, who hope to strike it rich in America using a pot of gold stolen from a leprechaun.


Opening Night Cast

Lucas Aco Dancer
1st Geologist
Anita Alvarez Susan Mahoney
Arlene Anderson Singer
Bette Anderson Singer
Robert Billheimer Dancer
Eddie Bruce Buzz Collins
Robert Eric Carlson 2nd Sharecropper
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Opening Night Production Credits

E.Y. Harburg E.Y. Harburg Book
Fred Saidy Fred Saidy Book
Burton Lane Burton Lane Music
E.Y. Harburg E.Y. Harburg Lyrics
  Bretaigne Windust Director
Michael Kidd Michael Kidd Choreographer
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Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1947 Theatre World Award David Wayne Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1947 Choreography Michael Kidd Winner
1948 Conductor and Musical Director Max Meth Winner
1947 Featured Actor in a Musical David Wayne Winner
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