The Vassar College and New York Stage & Film's Powerhouse Theater concert of Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane's reincarnation-themed romantic musical comedy will feature (as previously announced) Tony nominee Brian d'Arcy James and Tony winner Anika Noni Rose, and David Turner (Williamstown's Forum), Kerry O'Malley (Irving Berlin's White Christmas on tour), Colin Hanlon and Sarah Stiles (...Spelling Be). Newly confirmed are Heather Ayers, Saum Eskandani, Constantine Germanacos, Kendal Hartse, Paul O'Brien, Zach Prince and Lori Wilner.
Lerner and Lane's musical tale of love that spans eras will feature a new book by Peter Parnell, based on Lerner's original libretto. Music is by Lane and lyrics are by Lerner. Lawrence Yurman is musical director and arranger, and JoAnn Hunter is choreographer.
About the changes to the script, Mayer told the New York Times, "I'm really not trying to be coy, but I don't want to over-explain it . . . By playing a little bit with gender, I thought I could make a different kind of love triangle at the center of it. That's the goal. What I really wanted to do is keep as much of the spirit of the original show intact, and use as many of the songs that I loved so much, in there."
A 280-performance disappointment that starred John Cullum and Barbara Harris, the 1965 show nevertheless produced a cast album and inspired a film and has achieved a cult status. Vincente Minnelli directed the movie, which has Barbra Streisand as quirky Daisy Gamble and Yves Montand as a shrink who has difficulty believing there is more to her than science could explain. The title song has become well-known, and the lament "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" is a favorite for cabaret divas. The score includes "Come Back to Me," "Melinda," "Hurry! It's Lovely Up Here," "On the S.S. Bernard Cohn," "Tosy and Cosh," "Don't Tamper With My Sister," "She Wasn't You," "Wait 'Til We're Sixty-Five," "When I'm Being Born Again." The film also has the additional songs "Love With All the Trimmings" and "Go to Sleep," the latter a unique counterpoint duet Daisy sings with herself.
The songs being used in the new version have not been announced. Lerner and Lane also wrote the score to the M-G-M film "Royal Wedding." In February 2000 Encores! presented a concert revival of On a Clear Day… starring Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Friedman, with Brent Barrett as a lover from one of Daisy's many past lives.
The Vassar performance dates and times are July 29 and 30 at 8 PM, Aug. 1 at 2 and 7 PM.
For tickets visit powerhouse.vassar.edu or call (845) 437-7235 or (845) 437-5599.