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Harry Connick, Jr. Returns To Broadway In ’On A Clear Day You Can See Forever’

Originally Posted: May 30, 2011

New York City - Grammy and Emmy Award winner, Tony Award nominee and multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick, Jr. will star in a reimagined production of "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" opening fall 2011 on Broadway at a theatre to be announced. The delightful Tony Award nominated 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. Further casting and creative team to be announced shortly.

Originating producer Liza Lerner joins with Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman and Broadway Across America (John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Beth Williams) to bring "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" to Broadway.

Love blooms in unexpected places in the delightfully reimagined 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 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.

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 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.

Original Production History
'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."

New Production History
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. The full production, originally scheduled to debut at The Vineyard Theatre in February 2011, will now debut on Broadway in the fall of 2011. This summer, The Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street) will produce a developmental process for the show that will culminate in a developmental lab production.

New York Stage and Film is dedicated to the development and production of new work for theater and film. Through its annual Powerhouse Program at Vassar, SAF has provided a creative home for over 2,000 artists including John Patrick Shanley, Jon Robin Baitz, Beth Henley, Steve Martin, Pete Townshend, Duncan Sheik, Eric Bogosian and Eve Ensler. SAF has developed and premiered hundreds of plays, among them Savage in Limbo, Snakebit, American Idiot, and the Tony Award-winning Tru, Side Man and Doubt.

For more information go to www.newyorkstageandfilm.org.

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