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April 2017

Andy Karl (Phil) - Photo by Joan Marcus

Andy Karl (Phil) – Photo by Joan Marcus

The Outer Critics Circle are the organisation of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway.

Today, the Broadway production of Groundhog Day received FIVE nominations for the Outer Critics Circle Awards:

Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Outstanding Book of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) – Danny Rubin
Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway) – Tim Minchin
Outstanding Director of A Musical – Matthew Warchus
Outstanding Actor in a Musical – Andy Karl

The winners will be announced by press release on Monday 8th May, 2017, with the awards presented on Thursday 25th May, at the annual Gala Awards Dinner at Sardi’s.

A complete list of nominees can be found here.

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Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. Additional information can be found at groundhogdaymusical.com. Details of the Groundhog Day (Original Broadway Cast Recording) album can be found here.

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The eagerly awaited Groundhog Day (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is now available to download from:

iTunes
or
Amazon, for example, US Amazon and UK Amazon.
or
Google Play
or
Try your preferred digital music store.

The CD was released on the 12th May and is available to order from Broadway Records and Amazon (internationally). Plus other stores worldwide, such as Barnes & Noble and HMV.

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Drama League Nominations

The Broadway production of Groundhog Day received two Drama League Awards nominations today!

Outstanding Production of a Musical
and
Distinguished Performance for Andy Karl.

The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honours in America. Created in 1935, they honour distinguished productions and performances both on Broadway and Off-Broadway.

A full list of 2017 nominees can be found here. The winners will be announced at the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 19th, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, NYC.

Andy Karl as Phil Connors Photo by Joan Marcus

Andy Karl as Phil Connors (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. Additional information can be found at groundhogdaymusical.com and you can listen to the full Groundhog Day (Original Broadway Cast Recording) album here before its release on Friday.

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Andy Karl (Phil Connors) Photo by Joan Marcus

Andy Karl (Phil Connors)
Photo by Joan Marcus

Last night the New York production of Groundhog Day, for which Tim wrote the music and lyrics, opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to joyful cheers and a full standing ovation.

The reviews are in, with praise flowing for all aspects of the production, but especially for leading man Andy Karl, who fought back from injury to play weatherman Phil Connors.

The New York Times (Critic’s Pick)
Ben Brantley hails that “A Star Is Born (and Born and Born)… Repetition is an art of infinite variety as it’s practiced by Andy Karl in ‘Groundhog Day’, the dizzyingly witty new musical from the creators of ‘Matilda’.”

“Mr. Karl is so outrageously inventive in ringing changes on the same old, same old, that you can’t wait for another (almost identical) day to dawn… Thanks to his character’s successive reincarnations, Mr. Karl is giving not one but many of the best performances of the season.”

“The insanely talented Mr. Minchin writes songs in many shades… undulating melodies and whip-smart lyrics tap into the brooding sides of the supporting characters, extending the reach of existential anxiety beyond Phil’s solipsism.”

Tim & fellow creatives Danny Rubin (Book) & Matthew Warchus (Director)

Tim & fellow creatives Danny Rubin (Book) & Matthew Warchus (Director)

The Hollywood Reporter
David Rooney declares that “‘Groundhog Day’ is a delirious reinvention with its own defiantly unique personality, a relentless forward-backward spin that leaves you smiling, exhilarated and giddy.”

“Karl gives a musical-comedy performance of the highest caliber, sliding from self-centered insouciance into surprising open-heartedness, displaying a seemingly inexhaustible range of physical expressiveness along the way.”

“Madly entertaining… Worth repeating.”

New York Post
Johnny Oleksinski calls it “A miracle on Broadway… [Karl’s] performance — a suave, comic wonder… [in] songwriter Tim Minchin’s deliriously zany, yet touching show.”
(more…)

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A third song – Hope – from the upcoming Groundhog Day (Original Broadway Cast Recording) album is available to download or listen to right now!

All three songs are available on Spotify; You’ll find ‘Hope’ here.

If I Had My Time Again
and Seeing You are still up on Vevo.

The digital album can be pre-ordered from iTunes or Amazon internationally, for example, US Amazon and UK Amazon. Otherwise simply search your Amazon store.

If I Had My Time Again and Seeing You will download immediately on both iTunes and Amazon with Hope downloading immediately on Amazon only, at the moment.

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The CD is available for pre-order from Broadway Records and Amazon (internationally).

Digital Release Date: April 21st

Physical Release Date: May 5th

Groundhog Day Broadway has its official Opening Night, on Monday, at the August Wilson Theatre in New York! Tickets and more information can be found on the Groundhog Day Broadway website.

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