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