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Groundhog Day The Musical

This new musical reunites composer and lyricist Tim, with director Matthew Warchus, choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell, four of the Matilda The Musical creative team. They joined forces with writer Danny Rubin to collaborate on this show based on his 1993 hit film.
Updated August 2017
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Groundhog Day

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Phil Connors, a cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman is sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Caught in a time loop, he’s forced to relive the same day again and again… and again. As Phil becomes increasingly despondent, is there a lesson being learned and will he ever figure out the secret to break the cycle?


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Broadway, New York

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Now on Broadway, Groundhog Day followed an exciting month of previews, from 16th March, with a triumphant Opening Night on the 17th April, 2017, at the August Wilson Theatre.

Again, a blizzard of rave reviews rolled in.

Andy Karl is reprising his much lauded London performance as Phil Connors, with Barrett Doss playing Rita Hanson. Joining them are the ensemble: Rebecca Faulkenberry, John Sanders, Andrew Call, Raymond J. Lee, Heather Ayers, Kevin Bernard, Gerard Canonico, Rheaume Crenshaw, Michael Fatica, Katy Geraghty, Camden Gonzales, Jordan Grubb, Taylor Iman Jones, Tari Kelly, Josh Lamon, Joseph Medeiros, Sean Montgomery, William Parry, Jenna Rubaii, Vishal Vaidya, Travis Waldschmidt and Natalie Wisdom.

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Groundhog Day on Broadway has received nominations for SEVEN Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Andy Karl; FIVE Outer Critics Circle Award nominations; TWO Drama League Award nominations and a Drama Desk Award nomination. There’s a full list of nominations and wins in the Awards section.

Tickets and more information about the Broadway production can be found on the Groundhog Day The Musical website or you can keep up to date with the latest news on the show by following the show’s US social media accounts on Facebook.com/GroundhogDayMusical, Twitter @Groundhogdaybwy and Instagram @groundhogdaybwy.

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Groundhog Day will play its final Broadway performance on September 17th, 2017. The production will have played 32 previews and 176 regular performances upon closing.

An 18-month US tour is scheduled to begin next year and details of a London return will be announced in the coming months.

Tomorrow…

 

Old Vic, London, 2016

Photo courtesy of the Old Vic

Photo courtesy of the Old Vic

Groundhog Day had its world premiere and enjoyed a critically acclaimed strictly limited 10 week season at The Old Vic Theatre, London, in the summer of 2016.

One of the most ambitious shows ever to have been staged at The Old Vic, previews began on the 15th July.

The official Opening Night on August 16th brought in a blizzard of rave 5 Star reviews.

The show closed with emotional celebrations and farewells on the 17th September 2016, Broadway bound for spring 2017.

 Andy Karl (Phil Connors) Photo © Manuel Harlan

Andy Karl (Phil Connors)
Photo © Manuel Harlan

Andy Karl played Phil Connors, with Carlyss Peer as Rita Hanson, his kindly producer, alongside an ensemble cast which included: Leo Andrew, David Birch, Ste Clough, Roger Dipper, Georgina Hagen, Kieran Jae, Julie Jupp, Andrew Langtree, Vicki Lee Taylor, Emma Lindars, Antonio Magro, Carolyn Maitland, Kirsty Malpass, Lisa Mathieson, Eugene McCoy, Jenny O’Leary, Leanne Pinder, Mark Pollard, Damien Poole, Jack Shalloo, Andrew Spillett and Spencer Stafford.

The award nominations and wins rolled in, including two Olivier Awards for Best New Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for Andy Karl. Groundhog Day at the Old Vic also won the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical and four BroadwayWorld UK/West End Awards including Theatrical Event of the Year.

There’s more information on this production, including details of the full creative team, on the Old Vic website, or you can keep up to date with the latest news on the show by following the show’s UK social media accounts on Facebook.com/GhDMusicalTwitter @GhDMusical and Instagram @GhDMusical.

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Quotes/Reviews

New York, Broadway – August Wilson:

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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.”

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.”

The Chicago Tribune

Chris Jones says “The cross-platform migration of the movie serves to remind us of the brilliance of the screenplay (and now the fabulous book to a musical) by a one-time Chicagoan named Danny Rubin, a masterful piece of writing.”

“Tim Minchin[’s] composing talents are the perfect match for this material… and his songs in this show are a series of deliciously funny, quirky and waggish little ditties that make you laugh out loud.”

Entertainment Weekly

Chris Nashawaty proclaims the show “Wonderfully inventive… a giddy highlight of the current Broadway season… it takes Karl all of five minutes to win you over completely.”

“Groundhog Day: The Musical soars.”

TheaterMania

David Gordon says “[‘Groundhog Day’] provides a visual feast, is musically fascinating, and features a truly epic performance from leading man Andy Karl,”

“‘Groundhog Day’ is one of the more imaginative musicals of the season. When the material is combined with Warchus’ cinematic staging … it is also one of the most consistently thrilling… It’s exactly what you want a Broadway musical to be: a high-concept spectacle but one that has a compelling story, hummable music, and smart-as-hell lyrics. Reliving Groundhog Day over and over would prove to be a real pleasure.”

NBC New York

Robert Kahn declares “The creators of ‘Matilda’ have worked their magic all over again. And again… It’s marvelously good fun…and Karl is a magnetic leading man.”

The Stage

Mark Shenton says Groundhog Day is “As hilarious as it is bracing.”

“Matthew Warchus’ production has only grown in vividness and confidence since its premiere at the Old Vic last summer… [Karl’s] performance is one of comic bravado and stunning vocals.”


“Warchus and his expert collaborators have brought a finely-tuned balance of Broadway-scale polish and an English-infused ironic pathos to the show that makes its constant repetitions worth revisiting.”

“Tim Minchin’s musical remains a contemplative and captivating delight in its new Broadway home.” *****

 

London – The Old Vic:

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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 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.”

The Independent *****

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

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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Awards

Winner

US:
2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards – Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Andy Karl
2017 Theatre World Awards – Outstanding Broadway Debut Performance for Barrett Doss
2017 Drama Desk Awards – Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Andy Karl

UK:
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2017 Olivier Awards – Best New Musical
2017 Olivier Awards – Best Actor in a Musical for Andy Karl

2017 Critics’ Circle Award: The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical

2016 BroadwayWorld UK/West End Awards – Theatrical Event of the Year
2016 BroadwayWorld UK/West End Awards – Best Direction for Matthew Warchus
2016 BroadwayWorld UK/West End Awards – Best Set Design for Rob Howell
2016 BroadwayWorld UK/West End Awards – Best Lighting Design for Hugh Vanstone

Nominated

US:
2017 Tony Awards – Best Musical
2017 Tony Awards – Best Book of a Musical for Danny Rubin
2017 Tony Awards – Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Tim Minchin
2017 Tony Awards – Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Andy Karl
2017 Tony Awards – Best Direction of a Musical for Matthew Warchus
2017 Tony Awards – Best Choreography for Peter Darling and Ellen Kane
2017 Tony Awards – Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Rob Howell
2017 Drama League Awards – Outstanding Production of a Musical
2017 Drama League Awards – Distinguished Performance for Andy Karl
2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards – Outstanding New Broadway Musical
2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards – Outstanding Book of A Musical for Danny Rubin
2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards – Outstanding New Score for Tim Minchin
2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards – Outstanding Director of A Musical for Matthew Warchus

UK:
2017 Olivier Awards – Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Andrew Langtree
2017 Olivier Awards – Best Theatre Choreographer for Peter Darling and Ellen Kane
2017 Olivier Awards – Best Lighting Design for Hugh Vanstone
2017 Olivier Awards – Best Costume Design for Rob Howell
2017 Olivier Awards – Best Set Design for Rob Howell
2017 Olivier Awards – Best Director for Matthew Warchus
2017 Whatsonstage Awards – Best New Musical
2017 Whatsonstage Awards – Best Actor in a Musical for andy Karl
2017 Whatsonstage Awards – Best Direction for Matthew Warchus
2017 Whatsonstage Awards – Best Choreography for Peter Darling and Ellen Kane
2017 Whatsonstage Awards – Best Set Design for Rob Howell
2017 Whatsonstage Awards – Best Lighting Design for Hugh Vanstone
2017 Whatsonstage Awards – Best Video Design for Andrzej Goulding
2016 Evening Standard Theatre Awards – The Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical

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Videos

Tim talking about Groundhog Day in January 2017:

Director Matthew Warchus, lead actor Andy Karl, and librettist Danny Rubin discuss Groundhog Day:

Tim sings ‘Seeing You’ at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards, backed by some of the cast and musicians from the Old Vic production:
(To skip the intro start at 0:36).

Tim’s acceptance speech for Groundhog Day The Musical’s Best New Musical win at the 2017 Olivier Awards:

Tim performed ‘Hope’ at the 2017 Olivier Awards. He was backed by some of the cast of the Old Vic production and the BBC Concert Orchestra:

Initial Broadway online trailer:

Groundhog Day: “So Much Fun It Should Be Illegal!” (First US TV commercial)

Clips from Groundhog Day on Broadway:
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Opening Night on Broadway 17th March, 2017:

Intercut with behind the scenes footage at the recording studios for the Groundhog Day Original Broadway Cast Album, Tim & Chris Nightingale (Orchestrations) offer insights into the writing and creative process, while Andy Karl and Barrett Doss talk about performing the Groundhog Day songs and what they mean to them personally:

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Press

US:

“I Refuse to Try and Reverse Engineer A Hit”: Tim Minchin on His Score for Groundhog Day Playbill (Interview)

Why ‘Groundhog Day’ Needed to Be a Musical Rolling Stone (Editorial/Interview)
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