|Finian's Rainbow & Flahooley
| Open: 12/27/13 Close: 01/12/14 - 133rd Street Arts Center
Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy;
Lyrics by Harburg; Music by Burton Lane
(Running time 60 minutes)
FINIAN’S RAINBOW shocked audiences when it opened in 1947 with its attacks on racism, class prejudice and injustice. It was the first fully integrated black and white cast performing on stage. The profound political and social economic messages that shocked the country over 60 years ago continue just as relevant today. Although FINIAN’S RAINBOW is certainly a beloved Golden Age American musical icon that is filed with charm and a wonderful score, it remains an important example of political theater that advocates for a utopian world where tolerance and social justice prevail.
Original Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy; Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg;
Music by Sammy Fain; Adaptation by Art Perlman
(Running time 55 minutes)
Don't let the silly title mislead you! FLAHOOLEY is a provocative and hard hitting, politically charged musical that attacks capitalism, consumerism and corporate greed. FLAHOOLEY was created by Yip Harburg during the turbulent McCarthy era and raised eyebrows and ire when first produced in 1951. Harburg's response to being blacklisted and shunned by the Hollywood community was to write, direct and produce an allegorical musical that lambasted the witchhunts and injustices that plagued him and many of his colleagues. FLAHOOLEY was ahead of its time and still packs a punch today. HRT’s production is a rare opportunity to experience a revival of this extraordinary musical gem; a progressive and whimsical musical with all you can ask for: wire tapping, labor strike, political intrigue, love, dolls and a magical lamp.