Harry Connick Jr. is starting to make a habit of Broadway, with the Connick-toplined production of tuner “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” now targeting a fall run on the Rialto.
Connick has proven a box office draw in two recent Broadway stints — first in the Roundabout Theater Company’s 2006 revival of “The Pajama Game,” and more recently in a two-week stint of concerts that attracted strong crowds this summer. He also penned the score for the short-lived 2001 musical “Thou Shalt Not” as well as playing a series of 1990 concerts on the Main Stem.
This time he’ll be starring in a revised version of “On a Clear Day,” the 1965 reincarnation-themed musical with music by Buton Lane and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. Michael Mayer (“American Idiot,” “Spring Awakening”) helms the staging, which has a new book by Peter Parnell (“QED,” “The Cider House Rules”) based on the original by Lerner.
Tuner was originally skedded to play this spring at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theater, but the plan shifted when it became apparent Connick would be attached. The Vineyard will produce a developmental workshop of the show this summer ahead of its Main Stem opening.
The Broadway incarnation is produced by Liza Lerner, “American Idiot” and “Spring Awakening” duo Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman, and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” producer Broadway Across America (led by John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath and Beth Williams).
Score includes tunes penned for the 1970 movie as well as the 1951 film “Royal Wedding.” Revised plot involves a psychiatrist (Connick) taking on a young male patient whose unearthed memories of a past life as a female jazz singer stir the interest of the doctor.
Project initiated development in a workshop at the Vineyard in 2009 and was seen the following year as part of New York Stage and Film and Vassar’s Powerhouse season, in concert readings that starred Brian Stokes Mitchell and Anika Noni Rose. No other casting for the Broadway “Clear Day” has been confirmed.
The actor-musician announced his upcoming Broadway stint on “The View” Tuesday. With morning talkshows among the most desirable targets for legit TV advertising, the “Clear Day” announcement looks to boost the show’s national profile with an attention-getting shoutout on a nationally televised skein.