The 2011-2012 Broadway season proved successful for several well-known shows making comebacks to the Great White Way, but the re-imagined On a Clear Day You Can See Forever was not one of them. The show was redesigned and rewritten as a star vehicle for acclaimed jazz pianist and Tony Award nominee Harry Connick, Jr. However, critics and audiences alike failed to warm to the new version of this crowd-favorite, despite having a creative team dripping in Tony Awards.
Harry Connick, Jr., starred as "Dr. Mark Bruckner" in the newly conceived production of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever that began Preview performances on November 12, 2011 and officially opened December 11, 2011, at the St. James Theatre, located at 246 West 44th Street. The cast included David Turner as "David Gamble" and Jessie Mueller making her Broadway debut as "Melinda Wells."
Still in love with his deceased wife, psychiatrist "Dr. Mark Bruckner" becomes enamored with a patient's "former self," an intriguing, self-absorbed jazz singer "Melinda Wells" from the 1940's era. Bruckner finds himself swept up in the romantic notions of crossing time and space to find love again.
Joining Connick, Turner, and Mueller on stage were Kerry O’Malley as "Sharone," Drew Gehling as "Warren," Sarah Stiles as "Muriel," Paul O’Brien, Heather Ayers, Lori Wilner, Benjamin Eakeley, Alex Ellis, Tyler Maynard, Kendal Hartse, Grasan Kingsberry, Zachary Prince, Alysha Umphress, Philip Hoffman, Sean Allan Krill, Patrick O'Neill, and Christianne Tisdale.
Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane's original On a Clear Day You Can See Forever was a Tony-nominated score when it first opened on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on October 17, 1965. Due to this success, the show was adapted for the big screen in 1970, with the film version being directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Barbra Streisand as "Daisy/Melinda" and Yves Montand as the dashing "Dr. Mark Bruckner."
Alan Jay Lerner wrote the Lyrics and the Original Book for On a Clear Day.... Lerner was best known for his collaborative work with Frederick Loewe, creating some of the most famous theatrical works in the musical artform, including Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Gigi. Burton Lane composed the Music for On a Clear Day... and is best known for his score for Finian's Rainbow and music for The Wizard of Oz.
The creative team of the 2011 revival enhanced it by pulling songs from the music team's other projects, including the 1970 film version of the show and Lerner and Lane's earlier 1951 film Royal Wedding.
The updated 2011 production of On a Clear Day... featured a new book by Peter Parnell who also penned QED, starring Alan Alda, and an adaptation of John Irving’s The Cider House Rules which won the American Theatre Critics Association Award.
The production of the 2011 On a Clear Day... was led by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer of Spring Awakening, American Idiot, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, the Tony Award-winning Revival of a Play A View from the Bridge, among many others. Choreography was by JoAnn Hunter.
The creative team for the 2011 On a Clear Day... revival included two-time Tony Award-winning Scenic Designer Christine Jones, five-time Tony Award-winning Costume Designer Catherine Zuber, three-time Tony Award-winning Lighting Designer Kevin Adams, two-time Tony Award-winning Sound Designer Peter Hylenski, with Lawrence Yurman providing Music Direction and Arrangements, and three-time Tony Award-winning Orchestrator Doug Besterman.
Michael Mayer and Peter Parnell's new version of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever stayed true to much of the original score from the 1965 musical. They chose to include the famous showtunes “Come Back To Me,” “What Did I Have That I Don’t Have Now?,” “She Isn’t You,” and the title song “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.” They also picked out songs from the 1970 film score, adding “Love With All The Trimmings” and “Go To Sleep” to the new stage production. Songs from Lerner and Lane's Royal Wedding film score were also added to the 2011 On a Clear Day... to round out the romantic musical comedy arc: “Ev’ry Night At Seven,” “You’re All The World To Me,” “Open Your Eyes,” and “Too Late Now.”On a Clear Day You Can See Forever was produced on Broadway by Liza Lerner, Tom Hulce, Ira Pittelman, and Broadway Across America (John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Beth Williams).