Groundhog Day Shifts Opening Date on Broadway
Groundhog Day is still coming to Broadway! Groundhog Day is still coming to Broadway! Groundhog Day is still coming to Broadway! After a bit of a switcheroo with the producing team, Broadway.com has confirmed that the Andy Karl-led tuner, which received rapturous reviews in London, remains Main Stem-bound. However, the stage adaptation of the 1993 film is no longer confirmed to be starting previews on January 23, 2017 and officially opening on March 9.
Directed by Matthew Warchus, the musical features a score by Matilda scribe Tim Minchin and a book by Danny Rubin (who co-wrote the original film). The production is currently playing at the Old Vic, with Karl as Phil and Carlyss Peer as Rita.
Groundhog Day follows TV weather man Phil (played by Bill Murray in the film), who reluctantly goes to cover the story of Punxsutawney Phil for the third year in a row. Making no effort to hide his frustration, he covers the story and moves on, expecting his job to be finished. However, he awakes the "following" day and discovers that it's Groundhog Day again, and the fun happens again and again and again. He soon realizes he must take advantage of it in order to secure the love of a coworker.