On a Clear Day to close on 29 Jan 2012


The Broadway revival of Burton Lane's and Alan Jay Lerner's musical, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, starring Harry Connick, Jr., has posted early closing notices, and will play its final performance on 29 Jan 2012. When it closes the show will have played 29 preview and 57 regular performances.

The musical, which opened at the St James Theatre on 11 Dec 2011, following previews from 12 Nov 2011, had been selling tickets through to 8 Jul 2012.

The show opened to mixed, but mostly poor reviews: Treat yourself (newyorktheatreguide); Just a dull glimmer (NY Daily News); Depressing misfire (Back Stage); A musical best watched with your eyes closed (Newsroom Jersey).

In this newly revised version by Peter Parnell, On a Clear Day tells the story of Dr. Mark Bruckner (Harry Connick Jr.,) a dashing psychiatrist and professor, still in love with his deceased wife, unknowingly takes on the case of his life with David Gamble (David Turner), a quirky young florists’ assistant. While putting David under hypnosis to help him quit smoking so he can move in with his perfect boyfriend Warren, Dr. Bruckner stumbles upon what he believes to be David’s former self - a dazzling and self-possessed 1940’s jazz singer Melinda Wells (Jessie Mueller).

Instantly intrigued by Melinda, Dr. Bruckner finds himself swept up in the pursuit of an irresistible (and impossible) love affair with this woman from another time and place, who may or may not have ever existed.

The Burton Lane's and Alan Jay Lerner's musical is directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Myer and choreographed by Joann Hunter, with a revised book by Peter Parnell.

The musical score features "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" which became a standard when it was recorded by Barbara Cook. Other songs include "Come Back to Me," "Melinda," "Hurry! It's Lovely Up Here," "On the S.S. Bernard Cohn," "Tosy and Cosh," "Don't Tamper With My Sister," "She Wasn't You," "Wait 'Til We're Sixty-Five," "When I'm Being Born Again."

The full cast features Harry Connick, Jr. as 'Dr. Mark Bruckner,' David Turner as 'David Gamble' and Jessie Mueller as 'Melinda Wells,' are Kerry O'Malley as 'Sharone,' Drew Gehling as 'Warren' and Sarah Stiles as 'Muriel.'

Completing the cast are Paul O'Brien, Heather Ayers, Lori Wilner, Benjamin Eakeley, Alex Ellis, Tyler Maynard, Zachary Prince, Alysha Umphress, Kendal Hartse, Philip Hoffman, Sean Allan Krill, Patrick O'Neill and Christianne Tisdale.

The creative team for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever includes Christine Jones (Sets), Catherine Zuber (Costumes), Kevin Adams (Lighting), Peter Hylenski (Sound), Tom Watson (Hair), Lawrence Yurman (Music Director & Arrangements) and oug Besterman (Orchestrations).

Following a developmental workshop at The Vineyard Theatre in the fall of 2009, the revised production of On a Clear Day received a series of concert readings as part of New York Stage and Film and Vassar's Powerhouse Theater season in the summer of 2010. This summer, The Vineyard Theatre produced a developmental process for the show that culminated in a week-long developmental lab production.

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever premiered on Broadway in 1965, and starred John Cullum as 'Dr. Mark Bruckner' and Barbara Harris as 'Daisy Gamble,' both actors were nominated for Tony Awards for their performances.

The musical was adapted into a movie in 1970, directed by Vincente Minnelli, and starring Barbra Streisand as 'Daisy,' with Yves Montand playing 'Marc Chabot.' The character of Chabot is based on 'Dr. Mark Bruckner' from the musical stage version.