Review Roundup: ON A CLEAR DAY... on Broadway - All the Reviews!
Grammy and Emmy Award winner, Tony Award nominee and multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick, Jr. stars as Dr. Mark Bruckner in the newly imagined production of ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER which opened December 11, 2011 on Broadway at The St. James Theatre. The roles of David Gamble and Melinda Wells are played, respectively, by David Turner and Jessie Mueller, in her Broadway debut. The score by Burton Lane (music) and Alan Jay Lerner (lyrics) is enhanced by classics from their film scores for On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) and Royal Wedding (1951). With a new book by Peter Parnell based on the original book by Alan Jay Lerner, the musical is reconceived and directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer, with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter.
Joining Connick, Turner and Mueller are Kerry O'Malley as Sharone, Drew Gehling as Warren, Sarah Stiles as Muriel, Paul O'Brien, Heather Ayers, Lori Wilner, Benjamin Eakeley, Alex Ellis, Kendal Hartse, Grasan Kingsberry, Tyler Maynard, Zachary Prince, Alysha Umphress, Philip Hoffman, Sean Allan Krill, Patrick O'Neill, and Christianne Tisdale.
The creative team for ON A CLEAR DAY includes two-time Tony Award winner Christine Jones (Sets), five-time Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber (Costumes), three-time Tony Award winner Kevin Adams (Lighting), two-time Tony Award winner Peter Hylenski (Sound), Tom Watson (Hair), Lawrence Yurman (Music Director & Arrangements) and three-time Tony Award winner Doug Besterman (Orchestrations).
Let's see what the critics had to say...
Ben Brantley, The New York Times: Where the heck is Zoloft (and Prozac and Abilify) when you need the little suckers? This wholesale reconception 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.