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December 2019

This will be of interest to a fairly niche (but incredibly tasteful and intelligent) audience of theatre nerds.

Hal Leonard have published a pretty damn comprehensive Groundhog Day songbook, which you can buy here.

At the front of the book is a bit of an essay I wrote reflecting on the musical and existential themes in the score, and I thought I’d publish it here for you to read! It’s kind of rambling (in a charming way, I hope), and I think it might be meaningful to those of you who loved the musical, and to anyone interested in the craft of musical story-telling. There’s also a second little essay about the unenviable job of transcribing my work, by the brilliant Laurie Perkins. I’ll pop that down the bottom.

By the way, I think the physical book is a thing of beauty and a lovely souvenir, even if you’re not a player. (Note: there are chords for lazy buggers like me who can’t read dots!)

Enjoy.

xTim

FOREWORD

Writing this musical with Danny Rubin, Matthew Warchus and Chris Nightingale was a joyous, existential adventure. There was so much that made my brain fizz when I first started to think about how we might put Groundhog Day on a stage.

First, I was inspired by the simple, poetic idea of a life being reflected in a day. Our musical leans on this metaphor, opening in the pre-dawn with a song which itself starts with a birth. The idea of being born at “sunrise on a sunless day” suggests a dark day, a portent of the struggle we’re about to witness. But in that opening song, there is already an answer for Phil Connors, had he the wisdom to listen. The lyrics, like the town itself, are simple and pretty and folksy, but remind us that human happiness requires a level of acquiescence, an understanding that we are not all-powerful, and that despite our desire to “will the clouds away,” only time will reveal the sun.
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Hal Leonard have published a beautiful Groundhog Day – Piano/Vocal Selections (Songbook). It’s available from the following online retailers:

Music Room
Music Shop Europe

Hal Leonard
Amazon US
Sheet Music Plus

Amazon Australia

Tim wrote an essay for the book “reflecting on the musical and existential themes in the score.” You can read Tim’s foreword here .

15 songs from Tim’s award winning musical are featured in the selection:

Overture
There Will Be Sun
Small Town USA [Day One]
Punxsutawney Phil
Rita’s Diary
Small Town USA [Day Two]
Stuck
Nobody Cares
One Day
Playing Nancy
Hope
Everything About You
If I Had My Time Again
Night Will Come
Seeing You

Groundhog Day Musical

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Tim’s gonna be on your telly-boxes, Australians!

This coming Sunday, 8th December, Tim’ll be seated behind the desk on The Project on Channel 10.

The show airs at 6:30pm, and he’ll be joining hosts and regular panellists Tommy Little, Hamish MacDonald, Lisa Wilkinson and Susie Youssef as they dissect and give their unique take on the day’s news.

If you’re unable to watch live at the allotted time, fear not, the show will be available afterwards on The Project’s webpage.

UPDATE (08/12/19)

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