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On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1965)

Compositeur: Burton Lane

Parolier: Alan Jay Lerner

Librettiste: Alan Jay Lerner

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

Daisy Gamble has some unusual powers like hearing phones before they ring and making flowers grow just by talking to them. However, she thinks she’s just a normal person. In fact, her primary concern is trying to quit smoking in order to please her fiancé. To accomplish this goal, she seeks the help of a hypnotist, Mark Bruckner. During their sessions, Mark discovers that she can regress into past lives and different personalities. Mark ends up falling in love with one of Daisy’s personalities, ‘Melinda’. In the end, Daisy finally realizes how special she realy is.

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Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

The Broadway production opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on October 17, 1965 and closed on June 11, 1966 after 280 performances and 3 previews. The production was directed by Robert Lewis, choreographed by Herbert Ross, and starred Barbara Harris as Daisy Gamble/Melinda, John Cullum as Dr. Mark Bruckner, Clifford David as Edward Moncrief, Titos Vandis as Themistocles Kriakos, and William Daniels as Warren Smith. Scenic design was by Oliver Smith and costume design was by Freddy Wittop. The show was not well received. Ben Brantley of the New York Times recalled: "Its book was strained and muddled, most critics agreed; its big production numbers were simply cumbersome. But it did have [a] lushly melodic score...." Tours followed starring Tammy Grimes, Linda Lavin, Van Johnson and Nancy Dussault.

In February 2000, the City Center Encores! series presented a staged concert starring Kristin Chenoweth as Daisy/Melinda and Peter Friedman as Dr. Bruckner. The show premiered in London in 2000 at the Bridewell Theatre.

A 1970 film adaptation directed by Vincente Minnelli starred Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, and Jack Nicholson.

A revised Broadway production began previews on November 12, 2011 at the St. James Theatre and opened on December 11, 2011, directed by Michael Mayer and with a new book by Peter Parnell. Harry Connick Jr. starred as Dr. Mark Bruckner.[5][6] The cast included Jessie Mueller as Melinda and David Turner as David Gamble. The revised version, which had a developmental workshop at The Vineyard Theatre in the fall of 2009[5]and had readings in August 2010 at the Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College, departed from the plot of the original. The patient is now a gay florist David (Turner) who was a female jazz singer Melinda (Mueller) in a former life, and who falls in love with his psychiatrist, widower Dr. Mark Bruckner (Connick). The Vassar concert mixed "material from the stage and film versions and eliminates overstuffed 1960s-style production numbers."[8] This production closed on January 29, 2012 after 29 previews and 57 performances.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

1965 Broadway version
Act I
"Overture"
"Hurry! It's Lovely Up Here!" — Daisy Gamble
"Ring Out the Bells" — Samuel Welles, Mrs. Welles, Sir Hubert Insdale and Servants
"Tosy and Cosh" — Daisy
"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" — Dr. Mark Bruckner
"On the S.S. Bernard Cohn" — Daisy, Muriel Bunson, James Preston and Millard Cross
"At the Hellrakers" (Ballet)
"Don't Tamper with My Sister" — Edward Moncrief, Sir Hubert and Ensemble
"She Wasn't You" — Edward
"Melinda" — Dr. Bruckner

Act II
"When I'm Being Born Again" — Themistocles Kriakos
"What Did I Have That I Don't Have" — Daisy
"Wait Till We're Sixty-Five" — Warren Smith and Daisy
"Come Back to Me" — Dr. Bruckner
"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Reprise)" - Ensemble

2011 Broadway revival version
Act I
"Overture"
"Hurry! It's Lovely Up Here!"
"She Isn't You"
"Open Your Eyes" †
"Wait 'Til We're 65"
"You're All the World To Me" †
"Who Is There Among Us Who Knows"
"On the S.S. Bernard Cohn"
"Love With All The Trimmings"
"Melinda"

Act II
"Entr' Acte"
"Go To Sleep" - Added during previews, not credited in the Playbill
"Ev'ry Night at Seven" †
"Too Late Now" †
"When I'm Being Born Again"
"He Wasn't You"
"What Did I Have That I Don't Have"
"Come Back to Me"
"On A Clear Day You Can See Forever"

† Songs taken from the musical film Royal Wedding.

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Versions du musical

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Version 1

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1965-10-Mark Hellinger Theatre-Broadway) (Original)
Durée : 7 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 3 previews - 280 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 14 octobre 1965
Première : dimanche 17 octobre 1965
Dernière : samedi 11 juin 1966
Mise en scène : Robert Lewis
Chorégraphie : Herbert Ross
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Version 2

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1996-11-Bow Hall-Takarazuka) Takarazuka (Revival)
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : samedi 02 novembre 1996
Première : samedi 02 novembre 1996
Dernière : mardi 12 novembre 1996
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
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Version 3

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1997-05-Nippon Seinenkan-Tokyo) Takarazuka (Revival)
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : samedi 31 mai 1997
Première : samedi 31 mai 1997
Dernière : mardi 10 juin 1997
Mise en scène : Murakami Nobuo
Chorégraphie : Kenji Nabao
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Version 4

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (2000-01-Bridewell Theatre-London) (Original London)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : lundi 10 janvier 2000
Première : lundi 10 janvier 2000
Dernière : samedi 12 février 2000
Mise en scène : Carol Metcalfe
Chorégraphie : Lisa Kent
Avec : Harry Burton (Dr Mark Bruckner), Jenna Russell (Daisy/Melinda), Julian Duncan, Rachel Mulcahy, Jennifer Lee Jellicorse, Maurice Clarke, Rosemary Williams, Martin Johnston, Charles Baker.
Commentaires :
Premiered in New York in 1965, this ran for just 280 performances with Barbara Harris and John Cullum (replacing Louis Jordan who was dropped after the Boston tryout.) It was filmed in 1970 with Barbra Streisand and Yves Montand. This was its British premiere, and received very mixed notices.
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Version 5

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (2000-02-City Center-New York) Encores! (Revival)
Durée :
Nombre : 3 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 10 février 2000
Première : jeudi 10 février 2000
Dernière : dimanche 13 février 2000
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
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