Take Your Family to See Finian’s Rainbow on Broadway

by Jennifer Donovan

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A friend of mine has a family of four. Two of her kids are outgrowing toys. For Christmas the last few years she’s given her family an experience gift — tickets to a show or other event. It’s a great way to set aside time to celebrate the holidays together as a family as well as giving them memories that will last longer than the charge on battery-powered electronics.

finaian's rainbowIt can also be difficult to find an appropriate gift for parents and grandparents. Tickets to a Broadway show, specifically Finian’s Rainbow, are something that they might not buy for themselves, but are sure to enjoy. They are a great gift idea for people who either have everything, don’t want anything, or buy whatever they want for themselves!

I am happy to be able to offer up a family-four-pack of tickets to the revival of Finian’s Rainbow on Broadway. The tickets are valid for January 2010 (subject to availability), so if you live in the New York area, or want a little nudge to take a trip to the Big Apple (the city I love)

I was offered a pair of tickets to the show while it was still in previews. I didn’t know much about it, except that it was a revival, and was billed as a family show. I was really interested in bringing Amanda (age 11) with me and hoped it would be to her liking. She’s seen a few of the Disney shows on Broadway, but this was her first time seeing a musical show intended for general audiences.

She liked it. I liked it. The audience around us loved it. On the way out, a woman was saying that this was already her third time to see it.

Finian’s Rainbow is the story of man and his daughter who go from Ireland to the sharecropping South to find their fortune, which involves a pot of gold and the mischievous leprechaun who follows them there. The story also has a very timely theme about bigotry and race relations that’s told in a way that gets the point across, but is not heavy thematically at all, keeping it age appropriate.

This show really has it all: drama, romance, and most notably comedic relief from Christopher Fitzgerald as Og the Leprechaun.

Everything from the costumes, to the music, to the scenery screams “classic Broadway show.” I was glad that Amanda was able to enjoy this show with me. It’s not quite as long as some shows are (it’s 2 hours and 20 minutes, including intermission), so those who are younger — or older — who might not want to sit for over 2 1/2 hours will appreciate this. In general, I don’t think that young children are suited for long Broadway shows, but I think that this show would be suitable kids from about eight and up or for couples looking to experience the magic of a traditional classic Broadway show.

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Email Author    |    Website About Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Andrea November 17, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I can’t wait to see the show!

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2 Annie November 17, 2009 at 7:52 pm

How cool! These are really neat!

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3 Annie November 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm

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4 Annie November 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm

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5 Lee November 17, 2009 at 8:35 pm

We’d love to go.

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6 chyk November 17, 2009 at 9:08 pm

oh wow!

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7 Cathy November 17, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Ooooh, I LOVE Broadway. I want to win.

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8 Sarah November 17, 2009 at 10:06 pm

We would love tickets to Broadway. We are in NJ so it’s not far for us.

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9 Sarah November 17, 2009 at 10:06 pm

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11 Sarah November 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm

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12 Dorian Valles November 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm

I subscribe to your newsletter…I would LOVE to see Finian’s Rainbow on Broadway.

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13 Dorian Valles November 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm

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14 Dorian Valles November 17, 2009 at 10:25 pm

This would be a great show to see with my family.

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15 Bethany November 17, 2009 at 11:32 pm

I would love to take my mom and my daughters!

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18 Lisa - CT Coupon Chic November 18, 2009 at 6:26 am

Ohhhhh I would LOVE to take my family to see this show! Awesome contest, as always!

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20 Lisa - CT Coupon Chic November 18, 2009 at 6:27 am

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21 Elizabeth November 18, 2009 at 7:28 am

We have been wanting to see a show for some time now! Thanks for the chance to win!

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22 CMC November 18, 2009 at 8:18 am

OMG – we’ve been wanting to see this one! Would LOVE to win – thanks for the opportunity!

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23 CMC November 18, 2009 at 8:19 am

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25 CMC November 18, 2009 at 8:22 am
26 Bookma, Can November 18, 2009 at 8:42 am

“Look. look look to the Rainbow!” I would love to hear that song!

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27 Jina November 18, 2009 at 10:21 am

I’d love to go.

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28 Margaret November 18, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Sound’s like a wonderful show! Love to see it!

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30 Margaret November 18, 2009 at 5:15 pm

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31 jina November 18, 2009 at 5:26 pm

i am a nurse the question were easy for me.

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32 jina November 18, 2009 at 5:27 pm

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33 Jessica T November 18, 2009 at 7:13 pm

This would be the perfect way to encourage my hubby to take me to NY!

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34 Jessica T November 18, 2009 at 7:13 pm

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36 Sharon November 18, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Oh this would be great! I love broadway and plan to be in NYC this January!

fingers crossed!

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37 Sharon November 18, 2009 at 10:54 pm

I’m a subscriber via RSS

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38 Sharon November 18, 2009 at 10:54 pm

I am on the newsletter list too!

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39 Sandra November 18, 2009 at 11:27 pm

It is posted on my blog, I subscribed to the newsletter and the blog

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40 Aimee Wade November 20, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I would love to win

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41 Aimee Wade November 20, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I am on the newsletter list

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42 Aimee Wade November 20, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I am a subscriber

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43 Jen L. November 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm

I just had my intro to theatre class do a paper about this show! The Times had a great article about the child actors involved. Would love a chance to see it!

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44 Donna Douglass November 22, 2009 at 10:06 am

Would love to go!

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45 Benita G . November 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm

I would love to win tickets to this show.

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48 Carol November 22, 2009 at 6:12 pm

I love this giveaway, we’re close to NYC!

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49 Carol November 22, 2009 at 6:13 pm

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51 Brooke Clarke November 23, 2009 at 7:01 am

I love Broadway shows!

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52 Kathy Compton November 23, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Would love to see this show on Broadway…with my granddaughter!

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53 Paula November 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Been to Broadway once and loved it. :)

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54 she November 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm

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57 maria santana November 23, 2009 at 9:31 pm

my daughter would absolutly love this.

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58 betty November 25, 2009 at 8:41 am

Located in NJ – would love to go
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61 trishden November 25, 2009 at 8:47 am

Hi, I hear this is a great show would be fun to take three friends on a night on the town. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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62 trishden November 25, 2009 at 8:49 am

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63 trishden November 25, 2009 at 8:51 am

I’m a newsletter subscriber. Thank!

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65 Jennifer M November 28, 2009 at 11:06 am

We live in Manhattan and this would be great!

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66 Cheryl Stark November 28, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Wow, this is an awesome prize and I would be thrilled to win it. I am so lucky to have found this site. It has some wonderful information. Thank you for all you hard work!!!!!

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67 soraya November 29, 2009 at 11:22 am

this would be such a fun show to see

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68 Joanne Schultz November 30, 2009 at 2:49 pm

oooh, I was just in NYC to see Mary Poppins. I’d LOVE to see Finian’s Rainbow!

I subscribe to your blog’s feed via google reader.
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69 Ali Cox November 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm

I was just talking to my sister how I would so love to see a show this Winter Season. Then I heard about your blog. I will keep my fingers crossed and say a prayer that if this is meant to be it will work out.

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70 Sarah December 2, 2009 at 10:56 am

I have your button on my sidebar.

I soooo wish that I could see this. I love Broadway!

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71 Sarah December 2, 2009 at 10:56 am

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72 Sarah Pacilio December 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm

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73 Sarah Pacilio December 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm

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74 Stephanie December 3, 2009 at 7:03 am
75 Kathy G December 3, 2009 at 8:15 am

Would love to do this with my mom & daughters

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76 Kathy G December 3, 2009 at 8:16 am

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78 Kathy G December 3, 2009 at 8:17 am

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79 Sheree' December 3, 2009 at 9:35 am

what a nice show to see with the family

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80 Tonya December 3, 2009 at 10:33 am

I’m a subscriber and get the newsletter, also have the button on my blog! Hope to win!

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81 Theresa Dell December 3, 2009 at 11:03 am

Awesome prize. I’d love to see this with my family

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82 Val December 3, 2009 at 11:53 am

A neat gift idea.

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83 rita December 3, 2009 at 11:57 am

This would be delightful!
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84 Adriane December 3, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Something that can be experienced with my nieces

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85 denyse December 3, 2009 at 7:44 pm

The kids would have a blast seeing this.

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86 denyse December 3, 2009 at 7:44 pm

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87 Lauri December 3, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Oh I would love this. Thank you.

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88 A. Ozair December 4, 2009 at 5:22 am

oooh..this could give us an excuse to go to NY!!! :)

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89 Cher Coscia December 4, 2009 at 11:18 pm

This would be a wonderful night out.

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90 Cher Coscia December 4, 2009 at 11:19 pm

This would be a wonderful night out!

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