On A Clear Day You Can See Forever


Based loosely on the 1929 play Berkeley Square by John L. Balderston, ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER is a quirky romantic comedy exploring ESP and past life regression.

In order to quit smoking, eccentric Daisy Gamble seeks help from psychiatrist Dr. Mark Bruckner. Under hypnosis, Daisy describes memories of her 18th-century London life as the confident and commanding Melinda Wells. As Mark grows increasingly fascinated by Daisy’s former persona, romantic complications ensue.

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  • History
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  • Act I

    During a lecture at the Bruckner Clinic, psychiatrist Mark Bruckner discovers a most suitable subject in student Daisy Gamble. Daisy repeatedly lapses into hypnotic states as Dr. Bruckner explains hypnosis in his class. After class, she reveals to the doctor her many extrasensory powers, including her ability to make flowers grow. Daisy is quite concerned about her eccentricities.

    The doctor agrees to treat her if she will let him try to discover, while she is under hypnosis, how she developed her powers. They are astonished to find that she starts talking about a prior life in 18th-century London as Melinda Wells. Daisy amazes Mark further when she suggests he answer his phone before it starts ringing. She apologizes for her acute perception and goes to meet her boyfriend, Warren.

    At their next psychiatric session, Mark puts Daisy into a trance and summons Melinda from her subconscious. Mark’s attachment to Melinda is growing as we are transported to a colorful, 18th-century London club, and he is soon convinced that Daisy’s story is not a mere yarn. He files a medical report in the proper psychiatric channels, and as the first act ends, he sings of his love to the intangible Melinda.

    Act II

    Mark is ridiculed by his psychiatric colleagues and is himself beginning to doubt his findings. Just then, he gets an encouraging visit from a Greek shipping magnate who tells Mark he has financed an investigation which explains various incidents described by Melinda. In Mark’s office, Daisy comes across a tape recording of one of her sessions and realizes that Mark is really in love with Melinda and is merely using Daisy to summon her. Daisy is determined to become “normal” but Mark, through extrasensory control, proves to be her destiny.

    Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
    Music by Burton Lane
    Produced for the Broadway stage by Alan Jay Lerner

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  • Full Orchestration

    2 Violin AC
    1 Violin BD
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo & Clarinet
    1 Reed II: Flute & Piccolo
    1 Reed III: Clarinet
    1 Reed IV: Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
    1 Reed V: Oboe & English Horn

    1 Horn I
    1 Horn II
    2 Trumpet I & II (Trumpet I in D and Bb)
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II

    1 Percussion I & II:

    Timpani (2)
    Bass Drum
    Snare Drum
    Tom Tom
    Finger Cymbals
    Orchestra Bells
    Slide Whistle
    Boat Whistle
    Sand Paper Blocks
    Wood Blocks

    1 Harp (Optional)

    Piano, Celeste & Harpsichord
    (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • (In order of Appearance)

    Dr. Mark Bruckner
    Mrs. Hatch
    Daisy Gamble/Melinda
    Muriel Bunson
    James Preston
    Samuel Welles
    Mrs. Welles
    Sir Hubert Insdale
    Hubert Insdale (Sir Hubert’s Son)
    Millard Cross
    Warren Smith
    Edward Moncrief
    Dr. Conrad Fuller
    B.C.A. Official

    Students, Friends, Passengers and Crew of the “Trelawney”

  • ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER played for 280 performances on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre starring Barbara Harris and John Cullum. It was revived on Broadway in 2011 at the St. James Theatre starring Harry Connick, Jr. as Dr. Mark Bruckner.

    Awards (1966)

    Theatre World Award for outstanding stage performance by John Cullum.

  • Act I

    1. Overture – Chorus
    2. “Hurry, It’s Lovely Up Here” – Daisy
    3. “First Regression” – Edward
    4. “Solicitor’s Song” – Solicitor, Trundle, Hubert, Insdale & Wells
    5. “He Wasn’t You” – Daisy
    6. “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” – Mark
    6a. The Gout – Orchestra
    7. “S.S. Bernard Cohn” – Daisy, Muriel, Patty, Sally & Chorus
    7a. Travel Montage – Orchestra
    8. “She Wasn’t You” – Edward & Melinda
    9. “Melinda” – Mark
    10. Finale Act I – Orchestra

    Act II

    11. Entr’acte – Orchestra
    12. “When I Come Around Again” – Preston & Students
    13. “Trelawney No. 1” – Chorus
    14. “What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?” – Daisy
    15. “Wait Till We’re Sixty-Five” – Daisy, Warren & Chorus
    16. “Come Back To Me” – Mark
    17. Reprise: “Come Back To Me” – Mark
    17a. End of Scene – Orchestra
    18. “Trelawney No. 2” – Orchestra
    19. Finale Ultimo” – Mark
    20. Curtain Calls – Chorus
    21. Exit Music – Orchestra

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