REVIEW ROUNDUP: “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” Opened with a ShowScore of 75

Show-Score | Jun 29, 2018
“On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” with music by Burton Lane, a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner,  and directed by Charlotte Moore, opened on June 28, 2018 in New York City. “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” with music by Burton Lane, a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and directed by Charlotte Moore, opened on June 28, 2018 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

9 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 70.

Jesse Green
The New York Times
ShowScore: 70
"It can’t be fixed. The pleasures of 'Clear Day' are so intertwined with its absurdities that no theatrical version can separate them. You have to enjoy it for what it is, or not...'On a Clear Day' doesn’t want your helpful interpretation. It’s truly about what it says it’s about. Nor does the Irish Rep’s version, staged and adapted by Moore, make a bid for a charitable deep read...If everything is flat-out, that doesn’t mean it’s unpleasurable. Any chance to hear Errico sing is a chance worth taking."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 75
"The abridged, scaled-down production helps one overlook the sheer clunkiness of Lerner's book...This rendition also serves as a valuable reminder of the quality of the show's melodic score...Moore has tightened the book considerably...but there's little she can do to make the proceedings any less silly...The show's strongest element is its beautiful score...Only the most curmudgeonly could resist its undeniable charm, which might easily get lost in an overblown production."
Raven Snook
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 75
"It’s a love triangle with two sides and no point...But the songs are worthy of resurrection...They’re all beautifully delivered by Errico, Bogardus and the small but big-voiced ensemble...Errico’s performance initially seems strained...but she’s wonderful as Melinda, and her Daisy gains strength as the character becomes more empowered. And while Bogardus begins as too docile, the actor’s innate charm wins you over. For lovers of rarely seen Broadway relics, this revival may do the same."

“On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” was also reviewed by David Hurst of Talkin' Broadway, Elysa Gardner of New York Stage Review, Melissa Rose Bernardo of New York Stage Review, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, and Robert Hofler of The Wrap.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 37 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 77.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great singing, Entertaining, Dated, Delightful, Fluffy

Nathaniel R, ShowScore: 78
See it if… "If you're curious about this weirdly enduring oddity. It's maybe too cute / too simple (?) but solid small production. Great voices."
Don't see it if… "You don't like the title song (they reprise it constantly! You've been warned). This is a good staging, but the musical itself has issues."
Rochelle 7040, ShowScore: 75 
See it if…"You like a musical with great singers but a plot that could have been much better. Scenery done with videos."
Don't see it if…"You like a musical with a great plot and developed characters. I found the ending unrealistic based upon what we know about the characters." 
Jana6240, ShowScore: 90 
See it if…"You want to see a really great production of a rarely done musical. Or if you want to forget the revival version."
Don't see it if…"You aren't willing to go along for the ride. The book is not the greatest, and it helps to just be all in.
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Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.



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