Event Information
Friday, November 22, 2013 through Sunday, February 09, 2014

A Double Bill of Two Classic American Musicals by the remarkable Yip Harburg, Burton Lane, Fred Saidy and Sammy Fain

Length: 2 hrs 15 mins
Intermission: Yes
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Four major talents in theatre, playwriting, music and philanthropy are collaborating as the Harlem Repertory Theatre (HRT) plans its upcoming season.

Keith Lee Grant, the founder and Artistic Director of The Harlem Repertory Theatre, the Yip Harburg Foundation, playwright Art Perlman and musical director/composer Michael Roth have developed a new one-act adaptation of the Yip Harburg classic musical,FLAHOOLEY. Likewise, the hit 2004 concert version of FINIAN'S RAINBOW will be fully staged/choreographed and performed in a double bill with FLAHOOLEY.

The HRT’s multi-media double bill of FINIAN’S RAINBOW and FLAHOOLEY will feature charming video sequences by Edward Corcino and delightful puppets created by UNIMA Award winning puppeteer, Daniel Fergus Tamulonis. Chamber versions of these two extraordinary musicals will be performed by a cast of 10 talented professional actors, singers and dancers in an intimate setting with only 60 seats available for each performance at the 133rd Arts Center from November 22 to January 12.

Promo video playlist (For Finian's Rainbow/Flahooley and For Colored Girls)
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Finian's Rainbow
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.

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.

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This event is general admission and no seating is assigned at this time. You will choose your seats when you arrive at the venue. Please view the 'More info' link to view if the venue is ADA Complaint.