Character Breakdown: Finian’s Rainbow

By E.Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy & Burton Lane

 

Finian McLonergan: Charming older Irishman, a dreamer and optimist

 

Sharon McLonergan: Finian’s daughter. A lovely young Irish woman, savvy and bright

 

Woody: Wholesome and forthright young American, just back from the Merchant Marines

 

Susan: Woody’s mute sister, a dancer (Age 16 or older)

 

Og: A semi-mortal leprechaun, playful magical, and determined (Age 16 or older)

 

Senator Billboard Rawkins: Prototypical southern politician and orator

 

Sheriff/Ensemble: Small, plump man

 

Buzz Collins/Ensemble: Dapper stooge for the Senator, has a nervous manner

 

Sally Ann: African-American singer (“Necessity”) with great presence

 

Lily Mae: A great singer/ensemble

 

3 Gospeleers/Ensemble: African-American male trio also to play Henry and Howard