Groundhog Day The Musical heads back to the Old Vic in London, Andy Karl to star

Groundhog Day The Musical is returning to London’s The Old Vic next Summer.

The show will run at The Old Vic from 20 May to 12 August 2023.

Andy Karl is set to reprise his role as Phil Connors in the show, which earned him an Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award.

The composer and lyricist of Groundhog Day is Tim Minchin, who also wrote the songs for Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre, which is now a hit movie.

Based on the much-loved 1993 movie starring Bill Murray, the musical played at the Old Vic Theatre in London in 2016 reuniting Minchin with Matilda director Matthew Warchus, who is artistic director of the Old Vic.

The show, which has a book by Danny Rubin who co-wrote the film’s screenplay, also had a brief and unsuccessful Broadway run in 2017. The London production was nominated for 8 Laurence Olivier Awards, winning two including Best Musical.

Matthew Warchus told the Times today that “If there is any show you can bring back it’s Groundhog Day.”

He also said in a press statement that:'”Groundhog Day is one of my all-time favourite films and making the musical stage adaptation with Danny Rubin and Tim Minchin was one of the happiest creative experiences of my life. With echoes of classics such as The Music Man and It’s A Wonderful Life, the Groundhog Dayfilm manages to be both a great screwball comedy-romance and also a profound life-lesson combined… adding up to, in my view, the perfect entertainment. Our musical adaptation aims to build on those dual attributes and unlock – in comic, theatrical form – a potent and uplifting message for us all: ‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in having new eyes’ (Marcel Proust).’

Tim Minchin said: ‘Creating this musical was hugely challenging and enormously fun. Working with the wondrous Danny Rubin and the brilliant Matthew Warchus, alongside Chris Nightingale – music supervisor and orchestrator extraordinaire – we wrestled this iconic existential comedy drama into a completely new work; something that not only found critical acclaim, but also seemed to affect its audiences in a way I’ve not witnessed. It was dense with laughs, crowded with big ideas, wildly ambitious and profoundly emotional. Seeing it come back to The Old Vic, perhaps my favourite theatre on the planet, is a huge thrill.”

The creative team alongside Warchus consists of Choreography by Lizzi Gee, Set & Costume by Rob Howell, Orchestration, Additional Music & Musical Supervisor by Christopher Nightingale, Lighting by Hugh Vanstone, Sound by Simon Baker, Illusions by Paul Kieve, Additional Movement by Finn Caldwell, Video & Animation by Andrzej Goulding, Casting for Will Burton for GBC, Musical Director Alan Berry, Voice by Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth, Dialect by Penny Dyer, Associate Directors Paul Warwick Griffin and Nik Ashton, and Assistant Musical Supervisor by Jack Hopkins.

Further casting for the show is to be announced.

Groundhog Day tickets at the Old Vic Theatre in London

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📷 Main photo: Groundhog Day The Musical2016 production. Photo by Manuel Harlan

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