Andy Karl in Groundhog Day. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Groundhog Day, the new musical featuring music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, a book by Danny Rubin and directed by Matthew Warchus, opens on Broadway tonight at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street).
Andy Karl, who stars as Phil Connors in the Broadway production, will take the stage tonight after injuring a knee during a preview performance last weekend. It has been quite a week for Karl, who won an Olivier Award on April 9 for his celebrated performance in the show’s well-received London’s production at The Old Vic last summer.
The cast of Groundhog Day also features newcomer Barrett Doss (You Can’t Take It With You, Burning at The New Group), who stars as Rita Hanson.
Meet Phil Connors (Karl), a disgruntled big-city weatherman mysteriously stuck in small-town America reliving the same day over and over and over again—with no consequences, no regrets, no tomorrows, and no hangovers. But once he starts getting to know associate TV producer Rita Hanson (Doss), he discovers it’s a day of second, third and fourth chances.
Based on the iconic film, Groundhog Day is re-imagined by the award-winning creators of the international hit Matilda The Musical—including director Matthew Warchus and songwriter Tim Minchin—with a book by original screenwriter Danny Rubin. Starring two-time Tony Award nominee Andy Karl, Groundhog Day is the new musical comedy about living life to the fullest, one day at a time.
The Groundhog Day ensemble cast features 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.
The 1993 Columbia Pictures film, with a screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, based on a story by Rubin, and directed by Ramis, starred Bill Murray. Now widely regarded as a contemporary classic, Groundhog Day was cited by the Writers Guild of America as one of the 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written and in 2000 was voted by readers of Total Film as one of the ten best comedies of all time.
The production’s creative team includes Peter Darling (choreographer), Ellen Kane (co-choreographer), Rob Howell (set and costume designer), Christopher Nightingale (orchestrator and musical supervisor), Hugh Vanstone (lighting designer), Simon Baker (sound designer), Paul Kieve (illusions), Finn Caldwell (additional movement), Andrzej Goulding (video designer), Campbell Young Associates (hair and wig design) and Jim Carnahan (casting). David Holcenberg is the music director.
Groundhog Day’s Original Broadway Cast Recording, is now available on Masterworks Broadway/Broadway Records. The album was released digitally on April 14, and is in stores on May 5. It is produced by Chris Nightingale, Michael Croiter, and Tim Minchin.
The New York Times called composer/lyricist and musical satirist Tim Minchin “an inspired mixmaster of darkness and brightness.” The Times of London hailed his lyrics for Groundhog Day as “darkly funny, twisted and ever-ingenious.”
Tickets can be purchased in person at the August Wilson Theatre box office (245 West 52nd Street) and by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or calling (800) 745-3000.
A limited number of $39.50 general rush tickets will be available at the August Wilson Theatre and can be purchased day of when the box office opens. There is a limit of two tickets per customer. Tickets are non-transferable, subject to availability. Seat locations will vary, and sometimes may be partial view. Cash or credit cards will be accepted for rush tickets.
Additionally, a limited number of tickets per performance will be sold to winners of a digital lottery drawing. Tickets are $39.50 and limited to two per person. Seat locations will vary, and sometimes may be partial view. For details and entrance to the digital lottery, visit www.GroundhogDayMusical.com/lottery. Entrants will be notified of their status by 12:00pm the day prior to the performance. Tickets must be claimed and paid for online via a provided link no later than 10:00pm the day prior to the performance.
Groundhog Day is produced by Whistle Pig, Columbia Live Stage, and The Dodgers, with Michael Watt.
Groundhog Day was first performed at The Old Vic in London on July 20, 2016.