Finnegan's Farewell

by  Chuck Santoro, Kevin Alexander

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  9m, 6f, 1girl(s)

The audience has come to say goodbye to Patrick James Finnegan, a mailman who won 2.5 million dollars playing the slots at Atlantic City and then promptly dropped dead. As his contentious family gets more and more distraught during this memorable evening concocted by the co creator of Tony and Tina's Wedding, a fight erupts over opening the casket.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 6f, 1girl(s)
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

In the spirit of Riverdance and Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, Finnegan’s Farewell features the best of Irish Dancing, music, and singing! Come to an authentic Irish wake and pay your last respects to the dearly departed and beloved U. S. Postal worker, Patrick James Finnegan. Paddy took a day trip to an Atlantic City casino where he won a whopping 2.2 million dollars at the slots. Unfortunately, Poor Paddy fell off a ladder while painting the house. As Father Seamus presides over the funeral service we are treated to eulogies, sing alongs and a missing corpse!!!
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"It's a cheerful event." - New Jersey Star Ledger

"A rip roaring good time." - Irish Echo

"An evening of great fun." - On Stage

"Last season, we once again broke many box office records and were delighted to present the record-breaking runs of Tony n' Tina’s Wedding and Finnegan’s Farewell." - Thomas T. Kazmierczak III, Executive Director, Lancaster Opera House


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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Local Celebrity Cameo, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus


9m, 6f, 1girl(s)
PADDY FINNEGAN - family patriarch, postman, 60s
MAGGIE FINNEGAN - family matriarch, lunch lady, 50s
PATRICK FINNEGAN - oldest son, FBI agent, 35
ERIN FINNEGAN-GILBOY - oldest daughter, teacher, 32
BRIAN FINNEGAN - youngest son, fireman, 25
COLLEEN FINNEGAN - youngest daughter, waitress, 28
JIMMY GILBOY - Erin's husband, 35
BROOKE LEWIS - Patrick's fiancee, 30
BUSTY QUIVERS - cocktail waitress, 35-40
BILL BUCKLEY - mortician 40s
KATHERINE BUCKLEY - embalmer, 40s
MAX GOLDSTEIN - lawyer, 40s
TYRONE JEFFERSON - mailman, 20s 
KEVIN GILBOY - Jimmy's younger brother, gay, dance teacher, 20s
BRIDGET GILBOY - granddaughter, age 5-9
THE RIVER KIDS - Irish step dancers, ages 5-16
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

Additional dancers and musicians can be added. Detailed biographies of characters printed in script.



Chuck Santoro

Chuck Santoro

Kevin Alexander

Kevin Alexander

Finnegan's Farewell was first produced by Joseph Corcoran at St. Luke's Church in New York City on September 22, 1999, a production that subsequently moved to to Vinnie Black's Coliseum at the Hotel Edison. It was directed by Chuck Santoro.

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