Finian's Rainbow (2009 Broadway Cast Recording) Kate Baldwin - Cheyenne Jackson
Composer: Burton Lane
The new flawlessly produced CD of Finian’s Rainbow is the most complete version of the show with a great Broadway cast. The production, considered by many to be the best musical of the 2009 season, is closing at the end of this month, but thankfully the recording is forever. It does justice to the score with a cast of 30 backed by a full orchestra under Rob Berman’s sublime direction. The lyrics by E.Y. Harburg sparkle with wit and the glorious Burton Lane melodies are infectious. The distinctive flavor of the show comes through with the inclusion of a lot of character dialogue and most of the show’s dance, scene-transition and incidental music. The vocal performances on the disc are ideal. Leads Kate Baldwin and Cheyenne Jackson are blissfully pleasing, especialy their romantic duet “Old Devil Moon”. The personality in the great Jim Norton’s endearing performance comes through beautifully on disc, Christopher Fitzgerald handles his songs as leprechaun Og with the right spirit of whimsy and Terri White’s take on “Necessity” is as rousing on disc as in the show. This is the best recording of Finian’s Rainbow in this lifetime.