E. Y. Harburg and Burton Lane, Finian’s Rainbow / 1947
E.Y. Harburg and Burton Lane, Finian’s Rainbow / 1947
The local factory workers and farmers are being attacked by the bigoted local authorities, who are definitely in control of the Jim Crow politics of the day. There could never have been a more political musical ever created (well there is now Hamilton), and Harburg, Fred Saidy, and composer Burton Lane meant every word of their impassioned plea about bigotry, anti-immigration behavior, and every other prejudice that their musical shouted out.