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ICYMI – Groundhog Day’s season at the Old Vic has ended and there’s a spring 2017 opening set for Broadway!

by Shell 22nd Sep 2016 | 0 comments

Photo courtesy of the Old Vic

Photo courtesy of the Old Vic

Groundhog Day the Musical’s hugely successful and critically acclaimed 10 week season at the Old Vic Theatre, London, has come to an end.

If you managed to spend some time in snowy small town Punxsutawney, this summer, you were part of something pretty special and the enthusiasm and joy of the audiences has been a delight to the cast, musicians, crew and creatives.

A selection of the 5* reviews can be found here.

So, the Groundhog Day posters and hoardings have been taken down…
…but last week, it was announced that:

Groundhog Day the Musical is heading to Broadway spring 2017!

Groundhog Day opens on Broadway, at the August Wilson Theatre, April 17th, with a start date for previews still to be set. There’s no information yet on the Broadway casting but we’ll keep you updated.

There’s a shiny new Groundhog Day the Musical website where you can sign up to the newsletter.

Andy Karl (Phil Connors) and Carlyss Peer (Rita Hanson) Photo © Manuel Harlan

Andy Karl (Phil Connors) and Carlyss Peer (Rita Hanson)
Photo © Manuel Harlan


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Tim & Rich RHLSTP 2016

Back in July Tim was a guest on Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (RHLSTP).

The episode will be available on Wednesday 14th September. You can watch and/or listen via these links:

Video of the interview will be on iTunes and YouTube.

Audio will be on iTunes and British Comedy Guide.

RHLSTP #114 Fish Pie Mix- Tim Minchin: Rich has exciting news that will make other puppet-sex enthusiasts very jealous, but there’s no time for even a brief wank using the hand of a 100 year old ventriloquist dummy as it’s the second coming of, if not the new Jesus, certainly the new Judas, Tim Minchin. The pair bring out the best worst in each other again, alternating between inappropriate chat about wangs and fufus and serious topics like the rise of anti-intellectualism, the imminent destruction of the planet and what motivates anyone to betray a living God. Also what would you do if you had the chance to destroy a space ship where a small majority of the aliens were evil? Should dirty britcom confessions be seen as a compliment? How does David Duchovny spend his spare time on set? Has anyone interviewing Tim not attempted the obvious Groundhog Day joke? And most importantly has Tim Minchin ever tried sushi? This is the one place that will tell you.”

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Tomorrow evening, Saturday 10th September 2016, Tim will be performing at the celebrations for the Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park, London.
Proms in the Park is an open-air concert, presented by Michael Ball and featuring a host of musical stars along with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Richard Balcombe.

Tim will be performing several songs from Matilda The Musical with two of the Matildas, Zaris-Angel Hator and Clara Read (pictured L-R) and the BBC Concert Orchestra (no room for them in the picture). He’ll also perform a song from his new musical Groundhog Day.

There are various ways to watch and catch up on Proms events including online video coverage from the Last Night of the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall and the Proms in the Park events around the country at bbc.co.uk/proms. We’re unable to give a time that Tim and the Matildas will hit the stage in Hyde Park but there will be a live blog at the above link and social media coverage which may give some indication on the day.

Please check here for all the ways to watch and listen, along with timings and what you can access if you are not UK based, but in summary:

The Royal Albert Hall event will be streamed live, whilst the Park events will be shown via BBC Red Button coverage.

Live coverage will also be available via BBC iPlayer.

After the events, on-demand audio and video content will be available at bbc.co.uk/proms.

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Matilda And Me

Matilda and Me airs in the UK on Tuesday 13th September at 9pm on Sky Arts.

(Repeat schedule, Now TV details and trailers below)

Narrated by Tim’s sister Nel, who co-directed with Rhian Skirving, Matilda and Me is a family documentary telling the story of Matilda The Musical‘s journey to the Sydney Lyric Theatre, where the Australian production of the global smash hit opened last year.

Through a mix of footage (including some rare family moments), interviews, musical performance and Australian Matilda The Musical rehearsals, Matilda and Me charts Tim’s long-term fascination with Roald Dahl and the intimate relationship that developed between him and the multi-award-winning musical, for which he is now internationally known. Specially shot footage of Tim globetrotting between LA, London and Sydney, culminates with his return home for the triumphant opening night of Matilda The Musical in Australia.

Nel Minchin: “Anyone who has a brother or sister knows what it’s like to grow up so close to someone, and yet still be surprised at who they turn out to be. It was a chance for me to go back in time and piece together how my brother Tim became ‘Tim Minchin’ right before my eyes.”

Tim: “When Nel approached me about being involved in a Matilda doco, I was mostly just excited that she (and her co-director, Rhian, who is one of my best mates) had an excuse to come to LA to hang out. But what they’ve created is really lovely and surprising. They have explored my (unremarkable) origin story, and woven it beautifully into the (remarkable) origin story of this musical… celebrating the world-class Aussie theatre industry on the way. Clever sis.”

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Andy Karl (Phil Connors) Photo © Manuel Harlan

Andy Karl (Phil Connors) Photo © Manuel Harlan

Last night Tim attended the official opening night of his new musical Groundhog Day at The Old Vic Theatre in London.

The show received a full standing ovation from a delighted audience and enthusiastic reviews are rolling in:

The Telegraph *****

“Groundhog Day: the Musical is an instant classic – and could be better than the movie”

The Times *****

“so much fun that it should be illegal.”

“manages to couple laugh-out-loud British humour with American razzmatazz.”

The Independent *****

“Such a tonic that it’s a pity you can’t get a repeat prescription for it.”

The Stage *****

“An absolute triumph”

“…tone is finely established in composer Tim Minchin’s evocative and exhilarating score… It is at once supremely melodic, magical, haunting and hilarious.”

WhatsOnStage *****

“[Andy Karl’s] is an outstanding performance at the centre of a magnificent work that sends everyone out into the night cheering – and just a little wiser.”

The Guardian ****

“fantastically smart, clever and witty”

Evening Standard *****

“…relentlessly amusing, Groundhog Day is a treat.”

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