On A Clear Day You Can See Forever will Close on Broadway

Its looks as though Broadway’s clear day has a new forecast of gloomy weather. Yesterday things took an interesting turn of events in New York City as producers of the reborn classic musical, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, starring Harry Connick Jr. announced that the Broadway revival would shutter on January 29th, 2012.

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever is a classic Broadway musical that tells the tale of Dr. Mark Bruckner. A psychiatrist and professor, he accidently takes on the case of his life while treating a patient David Gamble. While putting David under trying to get him to stop smoking, Dr. Bruckner stumbles upon what he believes is David’s former self, Melinda Wells a 1940’s jazz singer. However, Dr. Bruckner quickly finds himself in a love pursuit with the women who may or may not even exist in reality. Only time and the story will tell what happens in the Broadway revival of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever.

The Broadway revival is directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot). Mayer and  playwright Peter Parnell are the two behind the major rewriting and reworking of this musical which features music by Burton Lane and a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. The reworking of the show was decided upon to not only create a better story for a current day audience but strengthen what was already originally there when the show first appeared on Broadway back in 1965.

The musical stars Harry Connick Jr. who has been the main selling point of the entire revival. The musical also stars Broadway newcomer Jessie Mueller as Melinda and David Turner (In My Life, Arcadia) as David Gamble are Kerry O’Malley as Sharone, Drew Gehling as Warren and Sarah Stiles as Muriel. The company of the musical includes 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 rest of the creative team includes Tony Award winner Christine Jones providing a scenic design, five-time Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber designing costumes , Tony Award winner Kevin Adams providing a lighting design, Peter Hylenski designing sound, Tom Watson designing hair, Lawrence Yurman as music director and arrangements and three-time Tony Award winner Doug Besterman involved in the orchestrations.

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever on Broadway is being produced by Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman and Broadway Across America (John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Beth Williams) who have teamed up with original producer Liza Lerner on bringing this revival back to Broadway.

Sadly, I can’t say I am surprised to see this Broadway revival. On A Clear Day You Can See Forever is one of the lesser known classic Broadway shows. Bringing this style of production back in this day and age is hard enough. The reworking of the book to make it stronger was a great idea but the show was not enough of a force to reckon with in New York. The advertising and PR campaign for the show was not strong enough to make the show a presence in New York City. And sadly, the show was greatly relying on the name of Harry Conick Jr to sell tickets. That my friends will only take you so far in today’s day and age of theatre.

So make your way down to 44th street in New York City to check out On A Clear Day You Can See Forever before this Broadway revival disappears behind the clouds yet again. However, don’t fear as a Broadway theatre now lies empty. There are already official plans to fill this theatre. However, you’ll have to check back to Luner on Theatre for another blog post just to know officially what that is. For more information, check out On A Clear Day You Can See Forever‘s Official Broadway Website. And of course, stay tuned to Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you not only need but want to know!

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