Monday, December 12, 2011
THE critics have spoken, and the future looks uncertain for the Broadway revival of "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever." But that's no reason to ignore its leading man, the unfailingly charming Harry Connick Jr. (Try the theater gossip quiz below.)
CURRENT GIG Playing a psychiatrist in love with his patient's past-life regression.
BORN AND RAISED New Orleans.
ALMA MATER Hunter College and Manhattan School of Music.
1. Harry Connick Jr.'s Broadway debut (not counting concerts) was in "The Pajama Game" (2006). He played
(a) A sleepwear salesman
(b) A department store magnate
(c) A union buster
(d) A sex worker
2. On the sitcom "Will & Grace," Harry played
(a) Will's tough-cop boyfriend
(b) Grace's doctor husband
(c) Karen's mogul husband
(d) Jack's closeted boss
3. He made his movie debut in "Memphis Belle" (1990), co-starring with Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Billy Zane and others. The title refers to
(a) The Southern debutante two of the men love
(b) The code name of a World War II operation
(c) An airplane
(d) Cybill Shepherd
4. Based on the photo above (way above), would you say that the revival of "On a Clear Day" takes place in
5. Cute Harry described the experience of portraying Dr. Mark Bruckner to The New York Times with this statement:
(a) "I have to go to a profoundly dark place eight times a week."
(b) "This is by far the most complicated story arc that I've ever had to play."
(c) "I'm out of my comfort zone."
(d) "I always knew I could play gay."
BONUS QUESTION In this version of "On a Clear Day," the character played by Barbra Streisand in the 1970 movie has been changed to
(a) A fellow psychiatrist
(b) A young model with multiple personalities
(c) A young software designer with multiple personalities
(d) A gay man
Answers are below.
"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," by Alan Jay Lerner, Burton Lane and Peter Parnell, directed by Michael Mayer, St. James Theater, 246 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200, telecharge.com. Opening night: Dec. 11, 2011.
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WHAT'S YOUR SCORE?
1. (c) A union buster who falls in love with the beautiful union representative at a pajama factory.
2. (b) He married Grace, but then he was out of the country a lot.
3. (c) A WWII bomber.
4. (c) 1974. But yeah, it looks more like the '60s to us too.
5. Trick question: He said (a), (b) and (c) to the reporter Patrick Healy in an Arts & Leisure article.
Bonus question: (d) He's an assistant at a flower shop who suffers from commitment anxiety and wants to quit smoking. In a past life, he was a girl singer in the Big Band era.
If you had more than three correct answers, you are a genius. If you had three or fewer, you should be hypnotized by a handsome, widowed psychiatrist with a gorgeous singing voice.
Posted by Anita Gates at 9:45 PM