Skip to content

December 12, 2011

The No. 1 Reason To See: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

by Jesse North

on a clear day you can see forever broadway musical revival poster harry connick jrIn director Michael Mayer’s revival (read: overhaul) of the Burton Lane/Alan Jay Lerner musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Harry Connick Jr. plays Dr. Mark Bruckner who hypnotizes a male patient (David Turner) to help him quit smoking. While under hypnosis, Bruckner taps into David’s previous life as a beautiful jazz singer named Melinda Wells (played by Jessie Mueller). Grieving his late wife, Bruckner’s finds escape and comfort in his interactions with Melinda and falls in love with her. Nevermind that the straight Bruckner has fallen in love with the gay David’s previous incarnation, which technically is manifested within David. Thus commences one awesome head-scratcher of a love triangle. (Stage Rush TV: On A Clear Day workshop at Vassar College)

The No. 1 Reason To See On A Clear Day You Can See Forever: The three-way dance between Harry Connick Jr., Jessie Mueller, and David Turner
Midway through Act I as the complexity of what Dr. Bruckner has discovered in his sessions with David and his own personal emotions are becoming entangled, Mayer symbolizes the situation by engaging the three leads in a dance. Beautifully choreographed by Joann M. Hunter, Connick Jr., Mueller, and Turner waltz to “You’re All The World to Me.” A three-way waltz would seem complicated, and it is, yet comes off natural, speaking directly to how these three characters have become involved. Bruckner and Melinda hold each other close as they move with the music, with David mirroring their movements. As the number goes on, Melinda and David seamlessly alternate between dancing with Bruckner and echoing the main pair’s movements. Connick Jr., Mueller, and Turner perform the dance elegantly, and it stands as the clearest moment for the audience to fully grasp the intricacies of what is at stake for these characters.

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever student rush policy: Beginning when the box office opens, up to two tickets per person may be purchased for $30 each.
on a clear day you can see forever broadway revival musical harry connick jrFollow Stage Rush on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for the weekly newsletter!

Leave a Reply

Note: HTML is allowed. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to comments