The Irish Repertory Theatre presents a new adaptation of Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner's classic musical, a comic drama about love and past lives. More…
Daisy Gamble is a woman of extrasensory talents – she sings and flowers bloom, and she always knows where you’ve placed your keys – but it’s her smoking habit that leads her to Dr. Mark Bruckner, a psychiatrist who will attempt to hypnotize her addiction away. In Daisy, Dr. Bruckner discovers the case – and perhaps the love – of his life as he unlocks Daisy’s past self, an 18th century British aristocrat named Melinda Welles. Mark becomes increasingly enamored of Melinda as he watches her relive her great love affair with Edward Moncrief. All is going well until Mark decides to publish his findings, and Daisy realizes she’s been unwittingly along for the ride.
“I loved Moore’s canny direction and the accomplished, thrilling lead performances of Errico and Bogardus. Furthermore, the fine ensemble strongly undergirded the dynamism of the revival/adaptation. Indeed, this production soars as a delightful theatrical experience full of whimsy, joy, and charm...You will have an extraordinary and uplifting time watching the team beautifully, seamlessly render the illusive with authenticity.” Full Review
“The thirty-year-old Irish Rep is particularly well placed to tap into the magic necessary to make a musical soar. That flight begins about fifteen seconds into the director Charlotte Moore’s revival of this 1965 Broadway show, as the chorus launches into a richly harmonic rendition of the title song, and the gorgeous high never really lets up...Lerner brought a contemporary charm to this tale, amplified here by Errico’s musical-comedy mastery.” Full Review
“Leave it to the invaluable Irish Rep's Charlotte Moore to rescue ‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’ from that corner of the theatrical attic dustbin of musicals that despite considerable assets never managed to rise to genuine hit status...I can't think of a more ideal Daisy than the golden-voice Errico. And Bogardus is a well chosen Dr. Bruckner...A musical that even in its most problematic versions, was praised for its score.” Full Review
"As wisely and clearly directed and adapted by Charlotte Moore, 'One a Clear Day…' sidesteps the awkwardness that has always caused problems within every production...The plot may live in the weeds, but the musical score resides in the blossoming flower of Errico, Cudia, and company. It grows high up into the sky, allowing us to truly see forever, and that view is clear and gloriously fun. Just do yourself a favor, and don’t think too hard about it all." Full Review
"With Lerner's witty, surprising lyrics and Lane's lush music, this an aural treat. 'On A Clear Day''s quirky and unconventional heroine will continue to bewitch those who allow themselves to come under her spell. While the Irish Repertory Theatre's revival is not definitive, it is a pleasure to see the show in a relatively close rendition to the original show with some needed improvements." Full Review
"The seemingly ageless Errico, adapting a slightly over-pronounced New Yawk accent, shows off a comic flair that few of her previous roles have allowed her to exhibit, while still capturing Daisy's innate vulnerability and lack of self-confidence. Her well-known soprano is also rarely in evidence, as she sings confidently and robustly in a lower range on the deliciously clever 'Hurry, It's Lovely Up Here,' 'What Did I Have That I Don't Have?' and 'The S.S. Bernard Cohn." Full Review
"Nothing can change the cockamamie story that has bedeviled every production of 'On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,' but nothing can also change the appeal of the songs...By cleverly paring down the original in her adaptation and direction...Moore has placed emphasis on the musical numbers, which is all to the good...The overall production gives audiences the opportunity to savor anew the music and lyric accomplishments while shrugging away the ridiculous plot premise." Full Review
“Errico’s expressive voice and impressive range are as crystal clear as her irresistible characterizations...’On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’ offers a flashback to the paranormal fascination, contemporary art, and great musical theater of the Sixties, and an enjoyable two hours of escapist summer entertainment. There are no heavy political statements or staggering morals here, just some silly mid-century fun and romance.” Full Review
“While the production doesn’t turn this half-ugly duckling of a show into a beautiful swan, it certainly makes the point that it’s worth trying...Worth the time spent clucking over the bumpy script...Errico delivers her big numbers with grand aplomb, giving full value to Lerner’s witty, wise and expressive lyrics and Lane’s lush melodies...But Daisy’s oblique kookiness is not a natural fit for her...When a show boasts a score like this one, maybe it’s time to just ignore its deficiencies.” Full Review
"Thoroughly charming new production...This 'Clear Day' remains wacky, breezy and quaint, in the best sense, in following how an unlikely meeting of minds leads to a mating if souls. Enrico and Bogardus are enchanting together, and independently...If 'Clear Day' won’t entirely transport you back to what now seems like a more innocent time, it’s the perfect tonic for an early summer evening." Full Review
“A playful ensemble serving just the right amount of sugar to complement theories on human consciousness...Errico shines as a twofold character far from your typical ingenue...This feel-good musical remains as good for your spirit as a drive through the country. Errico and the entire ensemble are a warm-toned delight to experience, better enjoyed in the intimate house than on a booming Broadway stage, where the cast’s many subtle charms would be lost.” Full Review
“A fast-moving, intimate production...The book does show some signs of being dated...But in character development, the play holds up surprisingly well...‘On a Clear Day’s’ plot does what it must do: serve as a coatrack on which to hang some of the loveliest songs Lerner and Lane ever wrote...It doesn't hurt that here those songs are sung by three of the best performers in theater today...It is a moving and fun excuse to hear some of the best tunes of old Broadway.” Full Review
"The production proceeds at a pace that is one gear less than energetic, but which allows for full appreciation of the show’s eccentricities...Beyond the irrepressibly catchy title song, there are a handful of fun gems that only sometimes have anything to do with the plot, as well as a leaden love song or two that threaten to weigh down the action...Cudia’s straight-forward rendition of Edward is a snooze...Errico's Daisy is full of flighty charm and she finds the proper chemistry with Bogard... Full Review
"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." Full Review
“Much of ‘Clear Day’s’ book music is uninspired; however, buoyed up by its lyrics, the musical comedy is enjoyable and provides a glimpse into layers of relationships often left unexplored...Errico’s Daisy brings pathos and ethos...Bogardus gives the good Bruckner that character’s own style of dual personalities...Moore deftly moves the action to and from the 1960s and the 1900s...The competent cast members deliver energized performances and pleasing renditions of the music and lyrics.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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 wort... Full Review
"Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner’s score remains lush and melodic, even with a string-heavy five-piece band. And it’s a treat to hear such talented Broadway veterans as Melissa Errico and John Cudia sing without the interference of amplification. Unfortunately, both acts of this revival get off to a sloppy start, and Moore’s rewrites arguably create more problems than they solve...What does delight is Errico’s interpretation." Full Review
"What stands out are Lerner's brainy lyrics and Burton Lane's glorious music, creating a melodic score that brightens the foggiest day. Add to this, Melissa Erica, Stephen Boards, John Curia in small snappy cast of singers and dancers, and there is good reason to head to the Irish Repertory Theatre...By stressing the superb Lerner and Lane songbook rather than the screwy Lerner libretto, Moore offers a musical major-league summer refreshment in an efficiently scaled down production." Full Review
"Burton Lane’s score far outshines the show it services...Gorgeously sung, and charming throughout, the romance at the heart of the plot is unconvincing and largely absent from the stage. This new adaptation gets the scale right, but doesn’t solve the flaws baked in to this simple and strange musical." Full Review
“A nice, albeit mediocre production of a show with a boring book and a spectacular score...Errico is no Barbara Harris, but she sings with appealing gusto. Bogardus brings dignity to the role of her romantic shrink, if not much sex appeal. Unfortunately, the supporting cast poses, reacts, and overacts all over the place. The result is a perfunctory yet entertaining version that is, at least, a vast improvement over the unspeakable, short-lived 2011 Broadway revival.” Full Review
“A production that attempts to find simplicity and clarity in an otherwise wacky and even preposterous script. It succeeds at some turns through sheer talent and conviction but gets cloudy at others...Lyrics are forgettable at best and downright silly at their worst. However, the music is lovely...The performances in this production are truly worth watching...The ensemble sings beautifully and exudes an eye-catching stage presence in spite of a script that offers them little to play with.” Full Review
"The singing, at least, is crisp and tuneful, but in every other way the Irish Repertory Theatre’s production of 'On a Clear Day' is modest, too modest...The size and conception of the production plays against it...Either the production has miscalculated the stage it’s on, or the small Irish Rep stage isn’t the best partner for whatever the production has in mind...'On a Clear Day' both feels pallid and plodding, and also big-hearted and determined." Full Review
“It’s hard to buy Bruckner’s coming around to loving Daisy more than Melinda...And Moore’s adaptation, with absent characters and tampered-with punchlines and poorly engineered song cues, is not the answer. Nor is her busy direction, with characters gesticulating and throwing themselves on the floor a lot...Is it still fascinating, brimming with paranormal wonders and graced with an absolutely magnificent score? You bet.” Full Review
"'On a Clear Day' has finally been transformed into a chamber musical. The good news: The sunny show works beautifully on Irish Rep’s postage-stamp-size stage, and Lane’s music sounds gorgeous with an on-stage five-piece orchestra...The not-so-good news: Moore hasn’t quite solved this Rubik’s Cube of a show...Sure, the hypnotism premise is a bit dated, but the idea of reincarnation isn’t so wackadoodle. And oh, those tunes!" Full Review
See it if you want to experience the songs of Burton Lane and Allan J. Lerner in an old fashioned, lighthearted entertaining musical.
Don't see it if you like a more modern musical.
See it if you enjoy superb singing, a fun if implausible story, you're happy with a revival
Don't see it if you need a full orchestra for a musical; you don't like small stage productions
See it if You enjoy wonderful singing and a musical with a few classic songs. You like seeing a small downsized adaptation of the original.
Don't see it if You prefer a clear plot and don’t like downsized productions
Also The show was beautifully adapted and outstandingly sung!
See it if What a WONDERFUL revival. Beautifully staged, acted, and sung. Yes, the plot is a little weak in the second act but this production is fab.
Don't see it if You don't like wonderfully done musical revivals.
See it if Although this show is dated, Melissa Erico's acting & singing makes it worth the visit.
Don't see it if If you cannot abide older shows in which female characters are treated as objects, brainless and man dependent.
See it if you enjoy a musical where you will still be singing the lyrics the next day. Small venue with a talented cast and very enjoyable production
Don't see it if you are only interested in commercialized productions.
See it if The score is gorgeous it's so underrated. The performances are wonderful and it's nice to see it in an intimate theater
Don't see it if If the Fantastical story really bothers you as being totally unbelievable. If you don't like a small production staged in a small theater
See it if you love good music. want to hear beautiful singing that is not amplified. want to experience a classic musical in an intimate theater.
Don't see it if are closed minded about the show itself (many people are, which I can't understand). have to see a musical in a large-scale Broadway setting
See it if you love classic musicals with fabulous legit singing, three superb leads (Melissa Errico!), and a sensational singing/dancing ensemble.
Don't see it if you insist that musicals have plots as good as their scores, you don't like legit singing, and you don't like small-scale productions.
See it if You love Brigadoon. You want to be swept away in the beauty of the singing. You’d like a quirky past-lives story.
Don't see it if You don’t like musicals. You don’t like improbable stories.
See it if you enjoy a classic show with familiar music and talented voices to perform them. Not up to Broadway standards but still very enjoyable.
Don't see it if you don't like older shows or you have seen this on Broadway and anything less leaves you disappointed.
See it if This was a totally different show than the one I saw in 2011 with Harry Connick and Jesse Mueller. The name of the show was the same and 2
Don't see it if of the characters had the same name and some of the songs were the same (but in different order). I liked this in a more intimate theater.
See it if you like old musicals, scaled fit a tiny stage with great tunes and a somewhat hokey (to most)book- t'was a sincere exploration for Lerner.
Don't see it if You feel antipathy towards hypnosis, ESP, reincarnation, pint sized productions with meager production values, but lovely score and singing.
See it if you enjoy fantasy musicals with beautiful music, clever songs and a cast/singers who make it work; just to hear Melissa Errico
Don't see it if you do not like small stage musical productions, fairy tale stories and revivals
See it if enjoy some very good singing of some terrific tunes, including 3 that became very well known via television and popular singers.
Don't see it if you have trouble with narratives that don't really make much sense, and contain a story line in which a psychologist violates ethics surely.
See it if Though the show is a tad dated the music and singing were delightful and thoroughly entertaining
Don't see it if You want something intense and thought provoking if you can just go with the flow of the lovely music and fine singing you’ll enjoy
See it if Refreshingly comedic; exceedingly romantic; selfish indulgence of Melissa Errico and Ben Davis in the lead roles with equally lush cast
Don't see it if Problematic story remains a problem; limited space and production only makes attempting to solve plot problems even worse
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