Will Harry Connick, Jr. Star in Broadway Revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever?

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Harry Connick, Jr., who starred in the revival of The Pajama Game and was seen last summer in Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre, may be returning to the Great White Way.

The New York Post reports that the Grammy-winning and Tony Award-nominated entertainer will star in a Broadway revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane's On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

The production, which will be directed by Michael Mayer, is aiming for a fall Broadway bow. Ira Pittelman will produce the staging, which was previously announced for Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre.

Mayer directed a revised version of the 1965 musical at Vassar College last summer. Peter Parnell penned the updated script.

No official announcement about a Broadway mounting has been made.

Tony Award-winning director Mayer (Spring Awakening) conceived and directs this revision of the property about a shrink whose patient, quirky Daisy Gamble, has paranormal powers — and past lives. Parnell (QED, The Cider House Rules) wrote the new libretto, inspired by Lerner's original. The new conceivers tamper with gender in the rewrite. The score is a favorite of show-music fans for its alternately plucky and lush numbers, including "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." A film version that starred Barbra Streisand served up freshly written numbers: "Love With All the Trimmings" and "Go to Sleep," the latter a unique counterpoint duet Daisy sings with herself. 

A 280-performance disappointment, On a Clear Day originally starred John Cullum and Barbara Harris. It was a rare original American musical that was not based on source material. A cast album preserved the score. The title song has become well-known, and the lament "What Did I Have That I Don't Have" is a favorite for cabaret entertainers.

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