Musical McCourt


Heres a St. Patricks Day treat: a colorful, funny musical chronicling the history of the Irish in America.
The Irish...and How They Got That Way, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt (Angelas Ashes), at the Annenberg Center March 17, uses song, story and dance to explore the whole panorama of Irish-American history and folklore, including both its charm songs like Danny Boy and Ill Take You Home Again, Kathleen and its tragedy the potato famine of the 1840s, the 1863 draft riots.

The musical also offers portraits of Irish Americans both common and celebrated, from humble washerwomen to John F. Kennedy, in a show the New York Posts Clive Barnes called full of charm and blarney.


square.gifThe Irish...and How They Got That Way: 2 and 8 p.m. Friday, March 17, in Irvine Auditorium, 34th and Spruce steets. Matinee tickets $35, $25 and $15; evening tickets $40, $30 and $20; discounts for students, seniors and Penn affiliates available. Tickets/info: visit or call 215-898-3900.

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Originally published on March 2, 2000