Reviving the 2011 Revival of On A Clear Day You Can See
This was the official website for the 2011 revival of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, starring Harry Connick, Jr.
Content is from the site's 2011 archived content as well as from other outside sources.
Broadway Spotlight On: "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" with Harry Connick Jr.
AN IMPOSSIBLE LOVE.
AN IRRESISTIBLE MUSICAL.
Three-time Grammy® Award winner, two-time Emmy® Award winner and Tony Award® nominee Harry Connick, Jr. starred as plays Dr. Mark Bruckner, a down-to-earth psychiatrist who unknowingly takes on the case of his life with David Gamble, a quirky young florist's 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 1940s jazz singer Melinda Wells. Dr. Bruckner finds himself suddenly swept off his feet by this beautiful woman—and swept into a world he never dreamed possible.
This newly imagined Burton Lane/Alan Jay Lerner musical was directed by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer, who teamed with acclaimed writer Peter Parnell to bring an entrancing, new story to one of Broadway's most beautiful scores, which includes "Come Back to Me," "Too Late Now" and, of course, "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever," all performed by a full 19-piece orchestra.
Filled with delightful surprises, a remarkable cast and the kind of hope only true love can bring, ON A CLEAR DAY is ready to open eyes—and hearts—all over Broadway.
ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER PLAYED ITS FINAL BROADWAY PERFORMANCE ON JANUARY 29, 2012.
An aside: I was excited to see the revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. It features a perfectly lovely score by Burton Lane (music) and Alan Jay Lerner (lyrics). A friend of mine, Jackman, was able to snag a couple of center orchestra seats for the opening of the show, don't even ask how. But there we were that evening. Jackman is the type of person who is always dressed immaculately with the latest fashions, always wearing the most chic mens rimless eyeglasses, and always wearing cowboy boots. For some reason this look simply works. It seems effortless, but I am sure it is very calculated to look effortless. I do know, however where he buys his trendy eyeglasses- at Eyeglasses.com. I was able to pry that bit of information out of him one day when I dropped my prescription eyeglass and badly scratched them. He revealed the Eyeglasses.com website as THE place to order replacement lens. Fast, convenient and easy once you know how to do it.
We settled down for the show. Unfortunately the New York Times review of the show says it all: Where the heck is Zoloft (and Prozac and Abilify) when you need the little suckers? This wholesale re-conception of a fluffy, muddled 1965 musical about reincarnation appears to have given everyone who appears in it — including its charismatic star, Harry Connick Jr. — a moaning case of the deep-dyed blues. Though done up to resemble a psychedelic fun house (the sanitized, perky kind that brings to mind middle-of-the-road rock album covers from the late 1960s and early ’70s), this “Clear Day” still has the approximate fun quotient of a day in an M.R.I. machine....
Mr. Connick, who was a splendid matinee-idol-style star ...has the look of a man just out of grueling dental surgery, who is both in pain and still semi-anesthetized.
We staggered out of the theater, most profoundly disappointed. And lordy, why that whole 1970s aesthetic? For some reason the director set the show in 1974 instead of 1965. At the beginning the elaborately mixed patterns of circles and squares affected our vision. I found myself seeing double at the show’s beginning, until my eyes had adjusted. Yes, indeed, where the hell were the Zoloft, Prozac and Abilify when you needed them?
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER about?
Three-time Grammy® Award winner, two-time Emmy® Award winner and Tony Award® nominee Harry Connick, Jr. stars in Broadway’s new romantic musical playing Dr. Mark Bruckner, a down-to-earth psychiatrist who finds himself suddenly swept off his feet by a beautiful woman—and swept into a world he never dreamed possible. Hopelessly and helplessly head over heels, the dashing doctor must find a way to make the love of a lifetime last forever.
Q. Who wrote it?
The music is by Burton Lane and the lyrics are by Alan Jay Lerner. Their delightful Tony Award®-nominated score is enhanced by classics from their film scores for On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) and Royal Wedding (1951). This production features a new book by Peter Parnell that is based on the original book by Alan Jay Lerner.
Q. Who is the director?
The show has been reconceived and directed by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer.
Q. Who’s in it?
ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER stars Grammy® and Emmy® Award winner and Tony Award® nominee Harry Connick, Jr. The roles of "David Gamble" and "Melinda Wells" will be played, respectively, by David Turner and Jessie Mueller, in her Broadway debut.
Q. I’m not familiar with the work of Burton Lane, Alan Jay Lerner and Peter Parnell. Will I like ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER?
If you enjoy classic love stories with lots of humor, lighthearted romance, great songs and delightfully original characters, you will love ON A CLEAR DAY.
Q. Where did the show play before?
ON A CLEAR DAY originally opened on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on October 17, 1965 and starred Barbara Harris as “Daisy Gamble” and John Cullum as “Dr. Mark Bruckner,” who both received Tony Award® Nominations for their performances, as did the score. In 1970 it was adapted into a film directed by Vincente Minnelli, which starred Barbra Streisand as “Daisy Gamble” and Yves Montand as “Dr. Mark Bruckner.”
Following a developmental workshop at The Vineyard Theatre in the fall of 2009, the production 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. In the summer of 2011, The Vineyard Theatre produced a developmental process for the show that culminated in a week-long developmental lab production.
Q. Who is producing ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER?
Originating producerLiza Lernerjoins withTom Hulce and Ira Pittelmanand Broadway Across America (John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Beth Williams) to bring ON A CLEAR DAY to Broadway.
Q. How long will ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER be running?
The first preview was November 12, 2011; opening night was December 11. Tickets for ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER are currently on sale through July 8, 2012. Please check back on our website for information for additional performance dates!
Q. Is ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER appropriate for children?
Yes. Kids 12 and older will have the best experience, but children 5 and up are welcome. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
While ON A CLEAR DAY contains no objectionable content, the material might best be understood and enjoyed by children who have started elementary school.
Q. How long is ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER?
The running time is 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one 15 minute intermission.
Q. Is there an intermission?
Q. What are show times?
Q. Will the stars definitely be on stage at the performance I attend?
The principal cast members are scheduled to appear in all posted performances, unless otherwise noted on the website or on Telecharge. Any last-minute substitutions are made just prior to the performance and will be posted at the theatre.
Q. How much are tickets?
Tickets range in price from $54 to $157.
Harry Connick, Jr.
Dr. Mark Bruckner
Over the past two decades, Harry Connick, Jr. has proven to be among the world’s most successful and multi-talented artists. He returns to Broadway in ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER following the sold-out, critically acclaimed 2010 run of Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre. The show, which also aired on PBS as part of the national Great Performances series, earned Connick a 2011 Emmy®. Previous successes on Broadway include the sold-out concert series at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in 1990, Tony® nominations for his performance in The Pajama Game and for his music and lyrics in Thou Shalt Not. Raised in New Orleans, Connick first performed publicly at age five, appeared on his first jazz recording at age 9and released his self-titled major-label debut on Columbia Records at 19. Since then he has recorded 24 albums garnering sales of over 25 million albums and earning him three Grammy Awards®. Connick has acted in 20 films, most recently alongside Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd in Dolphin Tale which reached #1 at the box office. He has contributed music for several films, including When Harry Met Sally and has earned several television credits including a recurring role on Will & Grace. Connick is a man of many talents, his book The Happy Elf will be released by Harper-Collins during the 2011 holiday season, marking his debut as a children’s book author.
Broadway: Arcadia, Sunday in the Park With George, The Ritz, In My Life, The Invention of Love. Off-Broadway: The Last Sunday in June, Gutenberg! The Musical!, The Butter and Egg Man, Shakespeare (Abridged). Helen Hayes Award nominations for Spamalot and The Dog in the Manger. Six seasons at Williamstown. TV: The Good Wife, Lipstick Jungle. Education: BA, Williams College; CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), Cambridge University. Turner received BMI’s Jerry Harrington Award for songwriting and, as a pianist, has played both Feinstein’s and Birdland. He is also an instrument-rated airplane pilot. Visit David’s favorite charity at www.ASTEPonline.org.
Jessie Mueller is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut with such an amazing team. Regional: Animal Crackers (Grace/Mary), A Christmas Carol (Belle) – Goodman Theatre; She Loves Me(Amalia) – Writers Theatre; Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeital) – Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre; Curtains (Niki Harris), Meet Me in St. Louis (Esther Smith) – Drury Lane Oakbrook; Carousel (Carrie) – Court Theatre/Long Wharf Theatre; How Can You Run With a Shell on Your Back?, Henry IV, Parts I & 2 – Chicago Shakespeare Theatre/RSC. Proud Actor’s Equity member. Love and gratitude to God, Mom, Dad, Matt, Abby, Andrew, Andy, and Grandma!
Dr. Sharone Stein
Broadway: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Betty, original Broadway cast), Into the Woods (The Baker's Wife, 2002 Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominations, cast album), Billy Elliot (Billy's Mum), Annie Get Your Gun (Dolly Tate), Cyrano, Translations. Off-Broadway: Dublin Carol, How I Learned to Drive, Finian's Rainbow, Flight, Promises, Promises (Encores! opposite Martin Short). Film/TV: Case 39, The Happening, Rounders, Certainty, Shameless, Brotherhood, Hart of Dixie, The Mentalist, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: LA, Cold Case, Detroit 1-8-7, Monk, My Name Is Earl, Criminal Minds, Bones, Without a Trace, Charmed. Education: Duke University, Harvard’s A.R.T. Institute. www.kerryomalley.net
Broadway: Jersey Boys. Nat’l Tour/Regional: A Minister’s Wife (LCT, Original Cast Album), Jersey Boys (Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas), Johnny Baseball (American Repertory Theatre), Anne of Green Gables (Off-Broadway, award-winning cast recording), The Flamingo Kid, Candide, Moby Dick, Hello Dolly (Paper Mill), Myths and Hymns, Nightingale (new musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater), and Derma. TV/Film: 59th Primetime Emmys, A Capitol Fourth, and Bully (Rockstar Games). A true student of life, he is thrilled to be working with this amazing company of actors. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, he wishes to thank his wonderful family, friends and Sara. www.drewgehling.com
Sarah Stiles was Kate/Lucy in Avenue Q on Broadway and re-joined the cast for its current Off-Broadway run at New World Stages. Stiles also appeared in the Broadway and first national touring companies of The 25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee as Logainne and toured with Tommy Tune in Dr. Dolittle. Her Off-Broadway credits include Joanne in Vanities (Second Stage) and Nazirah in The Road to Qatar (York Theater), and can be heard on the original cast recordings of both of those shows. Love and thanks to Bryan Leder, David Berlin, Tanya Berezin and my Tree. For Madeline.
Anton, Leo Kravis, Gene Miller, Wesley Porter 1974, Maurice, Mr. Van Deusen
Broadway: The Importance of Being Ernest, Cymbeline, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Equus, Democracy, The Crucible. Off-Broadway: Hamlet (NYSF); Death Defying Acts (Variety Arts); Three Birds Alighting on a Field (MTC); The Seagull (Second Stage); Widow's Blind Date (Circle in the Square); A Moon for the Misbegotten(Pearl). Regional: Guthrie, Williamstown, Playmakers Rep, Actors Theater of Louisville, Geffen, South Coast Rep, Long Wharf, Trinity Rep, Huntington. Film: Fairhaven, Henry's Crime, Redacted, What's the Worst That Could Happen, The Devil's Own. TV: “Law and Order: CI,” “ER,” “Sopranos,” “The Practice,” “Providence,” “Star Trek Voyager,” “A Case of Deadly Force,” “Angel,” “Conan O'Brien,” “One Life to Live.”
Cynthia Roland, Leora Kahn, Club Vedado Singer, Betsy Rappaport, Radio Singer
Most recently, Heather was the Desiree standby in Trevor Nunn's A Little Night Music. Other Broadway credits: Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein (Megan Mullally understudy). Off-Broadway: Five Course Love, Sarah Plain and Tall, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back, five City Center Encores! productions. Regional: Yale Repertory, The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Barrington Stage, George Street Playhouse, Kansas City Repertory, The O'Neill Festival, The Alley Theatre, New York Stage & Film, Repertory of St. Louis, among others. Recordings: Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, City Center Encores! Face the Music, Five Course Love. Television:” Z-Rock” (IFC), “Lights Out” (FX). www.heatherayers.com
Vera, Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. Lloyd, Radio Singer
Broadway: A Catered Affair, The Diary of Anne Frank (Natalie Portman, Linda Lavin), Fiddler on the Roof (opposite Harvey Fierstein), Awake and Sing!, The People in the Picture, Everett Beekin, and Those Were the Days. Off-Bway: Hannah Senesh (Drama Desk nom, Goldy), Milk and Honey, Hannah 1939, Dreyfus in Rehearsal, Hershele Ostropolye. Regional: Giant (world premiere – Signature), Cabaret, Beau Jest, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, Broken Glass, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Glass Menagerie, The Heidi Chronicles, Lost in Yonkers, When Something Wonderful Happens, Conversations with my Father, The Memory of Water. Film: Second Guessing Grandma, Gebirtig, Ride for your Life.
Preston, Announcer, Radio Singer, Stage Manager
Broadway/Nat’l: Sweeney Todd (The Beadle). Film/TV: The Good Shepherd, The Good Wife, An Englishman in NY. Regional: Joe Gillis, Demetrius, Tony Kirby, Aguecheek, Man, Max Halliday, Ernst Ludwig, Dumaine. Yale graduate.
What a year! Broadway: Catch Me If You Can (OBC). Tours: Millie, Legally Blonde. BFA, ELON. Love and Thanks to this Creative Team, Cathy, TalentWorks, Station3, Mom, Sissy and my HINEYS!
Roger, Sawyer, Radio Singer
Broadway/NY: The Little Mermaid (Flotsam, OC), Mary Poppins(Valentine, OC), Altar Boyz (Mark – Theatre World Award; Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel noms), Mamma Mia!, Miracle Brothers, The Kid.Tour: On the Record.
Alan, Wesley Porter 1944
Broadway: Baby It’s You! (Stanley/Murray standby). Nat’l tour: Jersey Boys (Frankie Valli). Regional: Into the Woods (the Baker, KC Rep, dir. MoisésKaufman). Mahlon, this one’s for you. BFA,Carnegie Mellon. www.zacharyprince.com
Broadway: American Idiot (OBC). National tour: Bring It On (Legendary singer). Off-Broadway: Make Me A Song. TV: “Nurse Jackie”, “Law and Order: SVU”. For Mom, Dad & Nonna. YMBJ/NTBB/SOS.
Broadway debut! National Tour: Cats (Demeter). Regional credits include Crazy For You (Polly) and Cabaret (Sally Bowles). BFA, Boston Conservatory. Love and thanks to Austin and family! For Grammie.
This marks the sixth B’way show for Grasan, and the return to the St. James Theatre! Originally from Charlotte, NC, he moved to NYC chasing a dream, and now he’s living it! Much gratitude to CMF, Virginia S., and my family!
Standby for Anton, Dr. Leo Kravis, Maurice, Mr. Van Deusen, Gene Miller, Wesley Porter (1974)
Nine original Broadway casts, including Into The Woods, Is There Life After High School?, Falsettos, The Scarlet Pimpernel and A Catered Affair. Off-Broadway and Regional productions range from Angels In America to The Winter’s Tale. Several cast recordings and TV appearances. www.1philiphoffman.com
Sean Allan Krill
Standby for Dr. Mark Bruckner
Broadway: Mamma Mia! Off-Broadway: Brother/Sister Plays (Public). Regional: Antony & Cleopatra, Hot L Baltimore, Comedy of Errors, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Brigadoon (Jeff Award nomination), Spamalot, Forever Plaid (Jeff Award, Best Ensemble). Tours: Mamma Mia! (Outstanding Leading Actor, BroadwayWorld.com), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Leon Rabin & Carbonell Award nominations).seanallankrill.com
Swing, Dance Captain
Broadway Debut! National Tour: Chicago, Oklahoma! Film/TV: The Producers, Across The Universe. Favorite Regional: Bat Boy (Helen Hayes Nom.), Kennedy Center, Papermill, North Shore, Maine State. Training: Catholic University. Proud Member: AEA, IATSE 764. Special thanks to Mr. Hobbins, my high school history teacher, because I always said I would.
Broadway: Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love; Titanic (1stNat’l); One Touch of Venus (West End). TV: 30 Rock; Law & Order; Letterman. Yale. Acting: Sande Shurin. Kline Award 2010. For NanaPop.
Alan Jay Lerner
Original Book and Lyrics
Alan Jay Lerner, together with his frequent collaborator Frederick Loewe, created some of the world's most popular and enduring works of musical theatre, including My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and Gigi. He won three Tony Awards® and three Academy Awards®.
Burton Lane is one of popular music's most revered songwriters. Perhaps best known for his incandescent score for the musical Finian's Rainbow, he and Alan Jay Lerner collaborated on ON A CLEAR DAY, Carmelina and the film Royal Wedding. He is a two-time Oscar® and Tony Award® nominee.
Theater credits include QED, which starred Alan Alda both at the Mark Taper Forum and on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre (Lincoln Center Theater Company). His two-part stage adaptation of John Irving’s The Cider House Rules won the American Theatre Critics Association Award. His other plays have been produced by the Atlantic, the Public Theater, and Playwrights Horizons. For television, Parnell was a co-producer for The West Wing (two Emmy citations), and a producer for The Guardian, Inconceivable and Six Degrees. Parnell serves as Vice President of the Dramatists Guild.
Reconceived and Directed by
Michael Mayer is one of the theatre's most acclaimed visionaries. He is the Tony Award®-winning director of more than a dozen Broadway productions, including the Tony Award®-winning best musicals Spring Awakening and Thoroughly Moden Millie and the Tony Award®-winning best play Side Man.
JoAnn M. Hunter
Credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (nat’l tour), Curtains at PMP/TUTS, Broadway Bound. Associate choreographer: Broadway productions of Spring Awakening (U.S. tour, West End, Vienna, Japan, Korea), Curtains, The Wedding Singer, All Shook Up,Thoroughly Modern Millie (U.S. tour, West End) and Petroushka for ABT. As a performer: twelve Broadway shows, including Thoroughly Modern Millie; Thou Shalt Not; Kiss Me, Kate; Chicago; Steel Pier; A Funny Thing Happened…; Guys and Dolls; Miss Saigon; Shogun; Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.
Broadway: American Idiot (Tony Award®), Everyday Rapture, Spring Awakening (Tony®nomination), all directed by Michael Mayer; The Green Bird, directed by Julie Taymor.Off-Broadway credits include Coraline (music by Stephin Merritt) and LeonardCohen’s The Book of Longing (music byPhilip Glass). Jones teaches at NYU and isartistic director of Theatre for One, a portableprivate performing-arts space designed forone performer and one audience member,which can be seen at theatreforone.com.
Tony Award® winner for South Pacific, The Coast of Utopia, The Light in the Piazza, Awake and Sing! and The Royal Family (also Outer Critics Circle nom.). Broadway credits include How to Succeed in Business…, Women on the Verge…, Seascape (Tony® nom.), Joe Turner… (OCC nom.), Oleanna, A Man for All Seasons, Cry-Baby, Doubt, Little Women, Dracula, Dinner at Eight (Tony®, OCC noms.), Twelfth Night (Tony® nom.). Met Opera credits include Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Doctor Atomic, Compte Ory and Tales of Hoffman.
B’way: Man and Boy, American Idiot (Tony Award®), Everyday Rapture, Spring Awakening (Tony Award®), Next to Normal (Tony® nom.), Hair (Tony® nom.), Passing Strange, The 39 Steps (Tony® and Drama Desk Awards), Take Me Out. Solo shows for John Leguizamo, Eve Ensler, Anna Deveare Smith, Eric Bogosian. Off-B’way: Rent, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…, The Illusion, The Scottsboro Boys, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Also: Steppenwolf Theatre, Donmar Warehouse,Mildred Pierce (HBO), Obie for Sustained Excellence. www.ambermylar.com
Grammy, Tony® and Olivier nominee. Selected Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys, Shrek the Musical, Rock of Ages, Lend Me aTenor, Elf, Cry-Baby, The Times They Are AChangin’, The Wedding Singer, Sweet Charity, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, LittleWomen, Brooklyn. Other credits: Le Rêve (Las Vegas), Ragtime (West End), Walking With Dinosaurs, Mame, Opening Doors, Annie.Designed for Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and the Kennedy Center. Also a producer and engineer for film, albums and television projects.
Wig & Hair Design
Tom Watson is head of the wig and makeup department at the Metropolitan Opera. He has designed wigs for more than 50 Broadway productions. Current and recent Broadway designs include On a Clear Day…; How to Succeed…; Wonderland; The House of Blue Leaves; Born Yesterday; The Addams Family; Million Dollar Quartet; Rock of Ages; Wicked; Promises, Promises; Elling;Mrs. Warren’s Profession; South Pacific; Sondheim on Sondheim; A View From the Bridge; and Sunday in the Park With George.
Broadway: How to Succeed…, Sister Act, Elf, Young Frankenstein, Tarzan, Dracula, Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Tony/Drama Desk), The Producers (2001 Tony/Drama Desk), Seussical, The Music Man, Fosse (1999 Tony), Big, Damn Yankees, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. International: Sister Act, Guys and Dolls. Regional: It Shoulda Been You, Limelight, Minsky’s. Film/television: Nine, The Producers, Mulan, Anastasia, Lincoln, Cinderella, Annie,Geppetto, South Pacific, Superstar, Scrubs and the upcoming Smash.
Music Direction and Arrangements
Lawrence Yurman was the music director of theNY productions of Grey Gardens. AdditionalBroadway: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Side Show, …Forum, Arcadia (LCT), Marie Christine (LCT), Guys and Dolls (1992), Les Misérables andThe Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. As an arranger:two engagements with Lea Salonga at theCafé Carlyle, recordings with ChristineEbersole, Howard McGillin and T. OliverReid. For Brigid and Mikayla, who alwayshelp me to see clearly.