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 love the movie version
Don't see it if you don't like the music from the period
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 Read more
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 you enjoy the wonderful music of Burton Lane and Jay Lerner.
Don't see it if you do not like plays where everything works out at the end.
"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."
"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."
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
“Trouble is, despite a few gorgeous songs like the title number (which the ensemble performs in stirring fashion), 'Melinda' (which Bogardus sings with gusto), and 'She Wasn't You' (as shattering a vocal performance as we've ever heard out of Errico and Cudia), 'On a Clear Day You Can See Forever' just isn't a very interesting show. Still, it's rare to hear voices like these, and unamplified, too. If only it could have just been a concert."
“Moore, in the interest of creating a chamber version of the musical, tampers with the script, eliminating two major characters...She has trimmed the book back to nothing, the better to highlight the songs...What remains are the delightful songs and the cast...Moore's direction is hampered by her script, which makes it impossible to believe that anything real is happening between Bruckner and Melinda, but her creative team makes many fine contributions. "
"A clumsy adaptation of Lerner's flawed, original libretto by artistic director Charlotte Moore and a star who seems adrift onstage conspire to make this 'Clear Day' as murky as it is tedious...The book was always considered a hot mess, but, in fairness to the score, there are some rhapsodically beautiful songs contained within it...Moore's stupefying adaptation eliminates characters, songs and plot but, somehow, doesn't bring either clarity or insight to what remains."