Harry Connick, Jr. Returns To Broadway, Fall of 2011

Harry Connick, Jr. Returns To Broadway, Fall of 2011

It was written in the New York Post so it has to be true.

This fall, Harry Connick, Jr. will star in the Broadway revival of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever.

OACDYCSF features music by Burton Lane and lyrics and book by Alan Jay Lerner. This classic Broadway musical originally opened way back on Oct. 17, 1965 (nearly two years before Harry was born). It ran for 280 performances.

Now this is where things start to get good.

Back in the day, OACDYCSF followed a young woman who discovers she was a British aristocrat in a past life.

However, this revival has been revised by a ravishing revision.

The musical is now about a gay white man who discovers that in a previous life he was a black male jazz musician.

And guess which part Harry plays?

This could be quite entertaining, especially if Connick is allowed to display his immense musical talents (i.e. playing the piano). Hopefully, the new book will have him tickling the ivories on stage. If that happens, this musical could be the hot Broadway ticket of the fall.

This new production is directed by Michael Mayer (American Idiot, Spring Awakening). The new book is penned by Peter Parnell (The Cider House Rules and QED).

In February and March, the show will run at the Vineyard Theatre on East 15th Street in Manhattan.

An earlier staging starred the great Brian d’Arcy James and Tony winner Anika Noni Rose. The latter is still attached to the production.

No details on which Broadway theatre will host OACDYCSF or a date for opening night.

The musical’s big numbers are the title song, “Come Back To Me,” and “What Did I Have That I Don’t Have.”

In 1966, OACDYCSF earned Lane and Lerner a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score.

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