On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever is a musical with music by Burton Lane and a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner based loosely on Berkeley Square, written in 1929 by John L. Balderston. The musical received three Tony Award nominations.

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.

Notable cast replacements later in the run were Linda Lavin as Daisy and Van Johnson as Dr. Bruckner. Tours followed starring Tammy Grimes, Lavin and Nancy Dussault. A 1970 film adaptation directed by Vincente Minnelli starred Barbra Streisand and Yves Montand.

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.

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever is about Daisy Gamble, an unusual woman who hears phones before they ring, and does wonders with her flowers, and who wants to quit smoking, to please her fiancĂ©e, Warren. She goes to a doctor of hypnosis to do it. But once she’s under, her doctor finds out that she can regress into past lives and different personalities, and he finds himself falling in love with one of them.

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