Seat Filler: The Advocate's Guide to New York Theater
BY Brandon Voss
December 22 2011 4:00 AM ET
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
With a new libretto by out playwright Peter Parnell, gay director Michael Mayer neatly reincarnates Lerner and Lane's 1965 musical with an updated love triangle in psychedelic 1974: Dr. Bruckner (Harry Connick Jr.) hypnotizes a gay florist (David Turner) and falls for his female past life (Jessie Mueller), a ’40s jazz singer. The enticing gay twist — Connick ostensibly kisses Turner — and stirring vocals make up for the sluggish scenes.
St. James Theatre, open-ended.
With High School Musical and Xanadu as muses, Transport Group scores big with a bouncy hip-pop confection by life partners Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn that slam-dunks an update of a 411 B.C. Aristophanes comedy onto a college basketball court. Patti Murin channels Elle Woods as Lyssie, who dares her gal pals to withhold sex until their lazy boyfriends win, but two hot teammates would rather play ball with each other.
Walter Kerr Theatre, open-ended.