For the revival, which is directed by Michael Mayer and has a new book by Peter Parnell, the story, while similar to the original has been revised and updated and is now set in 1974. Harry Connick Jr. stars as the recently widowed Dr. Mark Bruckner, but "Daisy" is now "David" a gay flower shop assistant who is not only having trouble to stop smoking but also in committing to his boyfriend Warren. While David is under hypnosis his former life comes roaring out in the form of Melinda Wells, a big band singer from the 40's. Dr. Bruckner is mesmerized by Melinda and schedules almost daily sessions with David in order to see Melinda more, as he finds himself connecting with her like he hasn't been able to connect with any of the other women he has dated since his wife died. David starts to think that Mark is falling for him due to all of the meetings he wants to have with him which impacts even more on his relationship with his boyfriend. It is the ultimate in love triangles where there is basically no resolution possible for any of them.
|Harry Connick, Jr.|
|David Turner, Jessie Mueller and Harry Connick, Jr.|
Now since the show is set in 1974 it means the set and costumes are in that post hippie, pre disco era where, when looking back at that time now, everything just seems wrong. So be prepared for plenty of loud costumes and geometrically designed sets. The production is swiftly directed by Mayer and includes nicely staged scenes including some fun moments when all three lead actors are on stage together, including the number "You're All The World To Me" which features an interesting bit of choreography by Joann M. Hunter where all three leads are dancing together.
|David Turner and Drew Gehling|
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever isn't the greatest show, but it is a fun night at the theatre, and with three great actors in the leads, a humorous, modern book, a nice supporting cast and a fine score I definitely recommend this production.
Official Show Site
Harry and Jessie sing a medley of songs on The View:
Opening Night footage including some clips from the show:
The Original Broadway Cast performs selections from the show on The Bell Telephone Hour: