On a Clear Day, You Can See Forever, at the Irish Repertory Theatre in Chelsea, is a revival of 1965 musical with music and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane. It gave us the standards “Hurry, It’s Lovely Up Here,” “What Did I Leave That I Don’t Have,” “Come Back to Me,” and the title song. It’s a story of hypnotism and reincarnation, but the orchestra in this production is not big enough to present the music in a manner that engrosses the audience.
Melissa Errico stars as Daisy Gamble, the reincarnation of a British lady of wealth named Melinda Wells, whose love interest in the past is Edward (John Cudia). Stephen Bogardus is a psychiatrist named Mark Bruckner, who hypnotizes Daisy when she’s trying to quit smoking—but she instead regresses to a past life. Mark falls in love with the lady of the past and then falls in love with the lady of the present.
This is a messy production due to its small size. But Errico excels in the musical numbers. She is the one reason to attend this show.