Irish Repertory Theatre
New York, New York
June 15 – August 12, 2018
Music by Burton Lane
Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Adapted and Directed by Charlotte Moore
With Florrie Bagel, William Bellamy, Stephen Bogardus, Rachel Coloff, Peyton Crim, John Cudia, Melissa Errico, Caitlin Gallogly, Matt Gibson, Daisy Hobbs, and Craig Waletzko.
Daisy Gamble is a woman of extrasensory talents – she sings and flowers bloom, and she always knows where you’ve placed your keys – but it’s her smoking habit that leads her to Dr. Mark Bruckner, a psychiatrist who will attempt to hypnotize her addiction away. In Daisy, Dr. Bruckner discovers the case – and perhaps the love – of his life as he unlocks Daisy’s past self, an 18th-century British aristocrat named Melinda Welles. Mark becomes increasingly enamored of Melinda as he watches her relive her great love affair with Edward Moncrief. All is going well until Mark decides to publish his findings, and Daisy realizes she’s been unwittingly along for the ride!
After last year’s acclaimed run of Finian’s Rainbow, Irish Rep is proud to present Burton Lane’s other great Broadway musical, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, written with Alan Jay Lerner, newly adapted by Director Charlotte Moore. This 1965 musical boasts one of Broadway’s most beautiful scores, with songs including “What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?” and the title song “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” performed at Irish Rep by an on-stage ensemble led by Conductor Gary Adler.
“Any chance to hear Melissa Errico sing is a chance worth taking. She was a big part of the reason the Irish Rep production of “Finian’s Rainbow,” another Golden Age oddity, albeit one with an obvious Irish connection, was so delightful. She doesn’t disappoint here, either, especially in the big numbers.” – The New York Times
“Melissa Errico brightens On A Clear Day You Can See Forever at New York’s Irish Rep with one of the best performers in theater today. In song, Errico manages to convey Daisy’s loopiness and Melinda’s sophistication, and she gives a rendition of ‘What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?’ that is at once touching and rousing.” – Newsweek
“The thirty-year-old Irish Rep is particularly well placed to tap into the magic necessary to make a musical soar…While revisiting some of the themes he explored with Frederick Loewe in “Brigadoon” and “My Fair Lady,” [Alan Jay] Lerner brought a contemporary charm to this tale, amplified here by Errico’s musical-comedy mastery.” – The New Yorker
“Errico, who played Eliza Doolittle in a 1993 Broadway revival of My Fair Lady, sings gorgeously.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“What does delight is Errico’s interpretation of Daisy as a Lower East Side yenta, and her segues to the classy Melinda are seamless.” – The Wrap
“In addition to the well-known title tune, the show includes Daisy’s catchy plea to her plants, “Hurry, It’s Lovely Up Here”; Daisy’s showstopper, “What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?”; all beautifully delivered by Errico.” – Time Out NY
“I can’t think of a more ideal Daisy than the golden-voiced Melissa Errico.” – Curtain Up
“I defy you to listen to Errico singing ‘Hurry, It’s Lovely Up Here’ without cracking a smile, or the gleeful ‘S.S. Bernard Cohn’ without tapping a toe. Errico also manages to transform herself from a self-conscious working-class New Yawker to a coolly elegant English noblewoman without batting an eyelash (figuratively, that is).” – New York Stage Review
“This superlative singer-actress can express the kind of naivete necessary for the plum role of Daisy Gamble.” – Theater Pizzazz
“From her vivacious rendition of the exuberant ‘S.S. Bernard Cohn’ to her stirring self-reflection in the show’s blockbuster ‘What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?’, Errico’s expressive voice and impressive range are as crystal clear as her irresistible characterizations.” – DC Metro Theater Arts