On A Clear Day You Can See Forever BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
December 11, 2011
Closing:
January 29, 1986

Theater: St James Theatre / 246 West 44th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Love blooms in unexpected places in the delightful, newly imagined world of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. Still in love with his deceased wife, Dr. Mark Bruckner (Harry Connick, Jr.), a dashing psychiatrist and professor, unknowingly takes on the case of his life with David Gamble, 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. 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.

Michael Mayer and Peter Parnell's enchanting new version celebrates much of the beloved score from the 1965 musical including the classic hits "Come Back To Me," "What Did I Have That I Don't Have Now?," "She Isn't You," and the titular "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," while adding songs from the film score such as "Love With All The Trimmings," and "Go To Sleep." Songs from the Lerner and Lane score for the film Royal Wedding such as "Ev'ry Night At Seven," "You're All The World To Me," "Open Your Eyes" and "Too Late Now" complete the landscape for this romantic musical comedy. This production of On A Clear Day makes the case for living life with your eyes, and heart, wide open.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

    Reincarnation All Over Again

    Ben Brantley

    December 11, 2011: Toward the long-awaited end of the new semirevival of “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” which opened on Sunday at the St. James Theater, an eminent psychiatrist proposes that what we have been watching was perhaps only “my own psychoneurotic fantasy.”

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

    Harry Connick Jr.'s musical battles anemia

    Mark Kennedy

    December 11, 2011: The diagnosis is in for Harry Connick Jr.'s Broadway musical about a psychiatrist undergoing a psychic meltdown: It needs more time on the couch.

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

    On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

    David Rooney

    December 11, 2011: Respect to director Michael Mayer and playwright Peter Parnell for their audacious attempt at reinventing a problematic musical in the Broadway revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. The 1965 show has always been much loved for its lush Burton Lane score but denied the stamp of greatness by Alan Jay Lerner’s over-complicated structural mess of a book.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

    On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

    Steven Suskin

    December 11, 2011: The play initially was constructed as a vehicle for a star singer/comedienne (played by Barbara Harris on stage, Barbra Streisand on screen). The challenge and the fun came from watching an insecure neurotic instantly and repeatedly transformed through hypnosis into her glamorous, past-life self. Mayer has seen fit to divide this star part in half and have it played by two actors, removing the one element that thoroughly worked in the original.

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  • NEWSDAY REVIEW OF On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

    'On a Clear Day,' reincarnated nicely

    Linda Winer

    December 11, 2011: Director Michael Mayer calls his new version of "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" a "reincarnation" instead of a revival. This works for a musical about past-life therapy. Better still, it also works for the new life given to this entertaining, stylish, new-old fashioned rethinking of the preposterous 1965 show and 1970 movie that happened to have lovely romantic songs by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner.

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