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.
It 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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