Groundhog Day Broadway Musical Review

The Groundhog Day musical is a joyful experience about one huge jerk. As Bill Murray’s take on the same character does in the Harold Ramis film classic, Phil eventually learns his lessons, but this stage adaptation from director Matthew Warchus, playwright Danny Rubin, and composer Tim Minchin turn his cantankerousness up a couple of notches before he does. The Phil in the Groundhog Day Musical isn’t the same Phil from the movie. The show has the same character, attitude, and spirit, but Rubin and Minchin have made that familiar story and day feel fresh and new. But it also doesn’t forget the heart and laughs from the Harold Ramis classic, either.

Below, check out our Groundhog Day Musical review.

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‘Groundhog Day’ Musical Coming to Broadway in 2017

Groundhog Day

Update: It’s official: the Groundhog Day musical will open on Broadway at the August Wilson Theater on April 17th 2017, with a start date for previews announced. Casting has also not been announced but Variety expects Andy Karl to reprise the Bill Murray role which has earned him raves in the UK.

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There’s a ‘Groundhog Day’ Musical in the Works

Groundhog Day

Phil Connors is about to find himself reliving February 2 all over again (and again), this time on the stage. Songwriter Tim Minchin and director Matthew Warchus are reportedly working on a stage musical version of the 1993 Harold Ramis classic Groundhog Day, with a workshop set for this spring.

And if that report is giving you a bit of déjà vu, that may be because we last reported on the show in 2009, though it seems a lot has changed since then. Get the latest details on the play after the jump.

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Harold Ramis Dishes On Groundhog Day Musical

Bill Murray in Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is one of those films that just gets better every time I watch it, but I can honestly say that I’ve never imagined the time-skipping antics of  Phil Connors as a musical. Apparently, acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd) fancied the idea a few years ago, but nothing came of that. Now the MTV Movies blog is reporting that the musical is actually closer to reality than we think.

In a conversation with the film’s co-writer/director Harold Ramis, he mentioned that Danny Rubin, co-writer of Groundhog Day, is working on a book for a musical. On Sondheim’s potential involvement, he says the following:

Stephen Sondheim was asked what film he would turn into a musical and he said ‘Groundhog Day… And I said, ‘Wow, that’s pretty cool.’ James Lapine, who directed a lot of Sondheim, actually contacted me and asked if I’d thought about a ‘Groundhog Day’ musical.

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