Harlem Repertory Theatre

2013-14 SEASON

With the generous support of the Yip Harburg Foundation

The Harlem Repertory Theatre is proud to announce it is EXTENDING its HIT 2013-14 season:

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

Act One - Finian's Rainbow

Act Two - Flahooley

HRT's 2013 Poster


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 at each performance.



Finian's Rainbow
Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy;
Lyrics by Harburg; Music by Burton Lane

(Running time 85 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.

The Harlem Repertory Theatre (HRT) will mount a fully staged/choreographed production of the 2004 critically acclaimed Irish Repertory Theatre's concert version of FINIAN'S RAINBOW.

Flahooley

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.

Tickets for Finian's and Flahooley

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf

For Colored Girls...

By Ntozake Shange
(Running time 80 minutes)

This remarkable choreopoem by Ntozaka Shange has not been seen at the HRT since 2005. Now is the ideal time to stage a revival of this powerful African American theatrical classic. Seven of the HRT’s finest actresses will bring Shange’s 20 heart-wrenching and soul-affirming poems to the stage in this much anticipated revival.

The production will be staged in an intimate environmental theatre space. This unusual seating arrangement will allow the audience to be close to the action as our brilliant young actresses take them on a passionate journey through Shange’s Tony award winning masterwork!

Tickets for "For Colored Girls..."

The 133rd Street Arts Center
308 West 133rd Street
New York, NY 10027

HRT Performance Calendar
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Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

November 2013

21
PREVIEW WEEK

22
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY 7:00

23
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY 7:00

24
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY 3:00

28
OPENING WEEK

29
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY 7:00 (OPENING)

30
COLORED GIRLS
2:00
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY 7:00

 

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

December 2013

 

 

 

1
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY 3:00PM
COLORED GIRLS 7:00PM

5

6

7

8

12

13

14

15

19

20

21

22

26

27
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY 7:00

28
COLORED GIRLS 2:00
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY 7:00

29
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY
3:00

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

January 2014

2

3
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY 7:00

4
COLORED GIRLS 2:00
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY 7:00

5
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY
3:00

9

10
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY 7:00

11
COLORED GIRLS 2:00
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY 7:00

12
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY
3:00

16

17

18

19

23
EXTENDED RUN

24
COLORED GIRLS 7:00

25
COLORED GIRLS 2:00
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY 7:00

26
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY
3:00
COLORED GIRLS 7:00

 

 

 

 

February 2014


Jan 31

1

2

6
EXTENDED RUN

7
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY 7:00

8
COLORED GIRLS 2:00
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY 7:00

9
FINIAN/FLAHOOLEY
3:00
COLORED GIRLS 7:00


More About The Current Season

Finian's Rainbow & Flahooley

HRT's Finian's Rainbow & Flahooley, 2013
HRT's Finian's Rainbow & Flahooley, 2013
Dion Millington as Effie White, and Magnus Percinthe as Marty Madison in Dreamgirls, 2012
HRT's Finian's Rainbow & Flahooley, 2013
HRT's Finian's Rainbow & Flahooley, 2013
HRT's Finian's Rainbow & Flahooley, 2013
HRT's Finian's Rainbow & Flahooley, 2013
HRT's Finian's Rainbow & Flahooley, 2013
HRT's Finian's Rainbow & Flahooley, 2013
HRT's Finian's Rainbow & Flahooley, 2013
HRT's Finian's Rainbow & Flahooley, 2013
HRT's Finian's Rainbow & Flahooley, 2013
HRT's Finian's Rainbow & Flahooley, 2013
HRT's Finian's Rainbow & Flahooley, 2013




For Colored Girls...

Flahooley

The 2009-2010 Off Broadway run of FLAHOOLEY played to full houses and received the following rave reviews:

Daniel M. Gold
New York Times

"...this nimble joint production with the Harlem Repertory Theater demonstrates how to entertain on a shoestring."

"Directed and choreographed by Keith Lee Grant, the show has been trimmed to a 90-minute burst of energy and imagination."

"this "Flahooley” does its creator proud."

Paulanne Simmons
Curtain Up

"Fans of this little known but excellent show will be happy to know that it has once again been brought to stage, this time in a collaboration of Theater for the New City and The Harlem Repertory Theatre. It's been newly adapted by the Harlem Rep's Artistic Director Keith Lee Grant, who also directs and choreographs."

David A. Rosenberg
Backstage Magazine

"This new adaptation by Keith Lee Grant (from Art Pearlman's edited script) compresses two acts into one 90-minute, intermissionless, good-natured evening and features delightful puppets designed by Daniel Fergus Tamulonis as well as colorful video by Edward Corcino."

"Primy Rivera, who has a blast as both the worried sheik and the genial genie. The three-piece combo, under the musical direction of Michael Roth, adds substantial support."

Michael Kuchwara
The Associated Press

"Serious musical-theatre archeologists can’t afford to miss it."

Flahooley