Finian�s Rainbow: Encores production announces complete cast

Philip Bosco and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, along with Jeremy Bobb as 'Og, the leprechaun,' will join previously announced Jim Norton, Cheyenne Jackson and Kate Baldwin in Finian�s Rainbow, the final production of New York City Center�s 2008-09 Encores! season, running from 26 - 29 Mar 2009.

The cast will also include Guy Davis, Alina Faye, Andy Weems and William Youmans, and the ensemble will feature Tanya Birl, Bree Branker, Meggie Cansler, Bernard Dotson, Leslie Donna Flesner, Lisa Gajda, Tim Hartman, Mary Illes, Tyrick Wiltez Jones, Denis Lambert, Kevin Ligon, Monica L. Patton, Joe Aaron Reid, Devin Richards, Steve Schepis, Rashidra Scott, J.D. Webster and Terri White.

Finian�s Rainbow has music by Burton Lane, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and book by E. Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, and will be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle with music direction by Rob Berman.

Finian�s Rainbow: The story of the Irishman Finian McLonergan, and his daughter Sharon who arrive in the small Southern town of Rainbow Valley in the mythical state of Missitucky, with plans to bury a stolen pot of gold in the shadows of Fort Knox, in the mistaken belief it will grow and multiply. They have been followed from Ireland by the owner of the gold, a leprechaun, who shows up determined to recover his treasure.

Kate Baldwin�s (Sharon) Broadway credits include 'Wonderful Town,' 'Thoroughly Modern Millie,' and 'The Full Monty.'

Jeremy Bobb (Og) has appeared on Broadway in 'Is He Dead?' and 'Translations.' His other New York appearances include 'The Calamity of Kat Kat'. and 'Willie,' 'Love: A Tragic Etude,' 'Hell and Back' and' Murder in the First.'

Philip Bosco (Senator Rawkins) a Tony Award nomination for his Broadway debut in 'The Rape of the Belt' in 1960 and a Tony Award for his performance in 'Lend Me a Tenor' in 1990. His many Broadway credits include 'Cyrano de Bergerac,' 'Man and Superman,' 'Saint Joan,' 'Major Barbara,' 'Heartbreak House' and 'You Never Can Tell,' winning Tony nominations for the last three. His many film credits include Hogan's Goat, Working Girl, Children of a Lesser God, Wonder Boy, The Savages and My Best Friend's Wedding.

Jim Norton (Finian) won Tony and Olivier Awards for his work in Conor McPherson's 'The Seafarer' and previously appeared on Broadway in McPherson�s 'The Weir' for which he won an Olivier Award. Norton�s many film credits include 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' and a leading role in Sam Peckinpaw�s 'Straw Dogs.' He can currently be seen in the film 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas'.

Cheyenne Jackson (Woody) last appeared on Broadway when he starred in 'Xanadu.' He made his Broadway debut understudying both male leads in the Tony Award-winning musical 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'. Other Broadway credits include: 'Aida,' and 'All Shook Up' (Chad: 2005). Cheyenne starred in the Encores! Summer Stars production of 'Damn Yankees.'

Ruben Santiago-Hudson (George) appeared on Broadway in 'Jelly's Last Jam' and received the 1996 Tony for August Wilson's 'Seven Guitars.' Santiago-Hudson's film credits include 'Coming to America' and 'Domestic Disturbance.' He wrote 'Lackawanna Blues,' an autobiographical play in which he portrayed himself and some twenty different characters from his past, which he adapted for a highly-acclaimed, award-winning 2005 HBO film that won him the Humanitas Prize and earned him Emmy and Writers Guild of America Award nominations.

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