Directed and conceived by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot), On a Clear Day will open Dec. 11 following previews from Nov. 12.
Using a new libretto by Peter Parnell, drawing from the original 1965 script by lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, the show is now set in the 1970s and reinvents the original character of Daisy Gamble (created by Barbara Harris) as "David Gamble," to be played by David Turner (In My Life, Arcadia). Jeff Award-winning Chicago actress Jessie Mueller will make her Broadway debut a Melinda Wells, a character who surfaces when Connick's shrink character, Dr. Mark Bruckner, puts David under hypnosis. Melinda represents David's past life — and Bruckner falls in love with her. This confuses the gay David, who is struggling with his own relationship issues.
Connick is the popular concert and recording artist known for his acting work in TV ("Will and Grace"), film ("Memphis Belle," "Dolphin Tale") and on Broadway (The Pajama Game, for which he was Tony-nominated). He was also Tony-nominated for writing the score of the musical Thou Shalt Not.
The musical borrows from the 1965 Alan Jay Lerner-Burton Lane score of On a Clear Day, its 1970 film version and songs written by the team for the M-G-M film "Royal Wedding" (1951). The '65 score (which includes the songs "Melinda," "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?," "Come Back to Me" and the title song) was nominated for a Tony Award. Barbra Streisand starred in the film version, which boasted fresh numbers ("Go to Sleep," "He Isn't You," "Love With All the Trimmings").
Here's how the producers characterize the new On a Clear Day You Can See Forever: "Love blooms in unexpected places in the delightfully reimagined world of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Still in love with his deceased wife, Dr. Mark Bruckner (Harry Connick, Jr.), a dashing psychiatrist and professor, unknowingly takes on the case of his life with David Gamble, a quirky young florist's assistant. While putting David under hypnosis to help him quit smoking so he can move in with his perfect boyfriend Warren, Dr. Bruckner stumbles upon what he believes to be David's former self — a dazzling and self-possessed 1940s jazz singer Melinda Wells. Instantly intrigued by Melinda, Dr. Bruckner finds himself swept up in the pursuit of an irresistible (and impossible) love affair with this woman from another time and place, who may or may not have ever existed." Parnell's plays include QED, which starred Alan Alda both at the Mark Taper Forum and on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, and a two-part stage adaptation of John Irving's The Cider House Rules.
The St. James Theatre is at 246 W. 44th Street. Originating producer Liza Lerner joins with Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman and Broadway Across America (John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Beth Williams) to bring the show to Broadway.
Tickets are also on sale at Telecharge.com (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.OnAClearDayBroadway.com.