The Old Vic in London has announced the full cast for its forthcoming revival of Groundhog Day The Musical.
Already announced is the star of the show Andy Karl, who is reprising his role as Phil Connors, which earned him an Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award.
Joining Andy Karl in the cast are Jasmin Colangelo as Swing/Puppetry Captain, Kelly Ewins-Prouse as Swing/Dance Captain, Kamilla Fernandes as Ensemble (Debbie), Aimée Fisher as Ensemble (Joelle), Zack Guest as Swing, Nick Hayes as Ensemble (Ralph), Jacqueline Hughes as Ensemble (Piano Teacher), Ashlee Irish as Ensemble (Larry), Chris Jenkins as Ensemble (Gus), Andrew Langtree as Ensemble (Ned Ryerson), Billy Nevers as Ensemble (Fred), Eve Norris as Ensemble (Nancy), Mark Pearce as Ensemble (Sheriff), Ben Redfern as Ensemble (Buster), Tanisha Spring as Rita Hanson, Durone Stokes as Ensemble (Deputy), Alex Stoll as Ensemble (Billy), Jez Unwin as Ensemble (Jenson), Annie Wensak as Ensemble (Mrs Lancaster) and Matthew Whennell-Clark as Swing/Assistant Dance Captain..
Groundhog Day will run at The Old Vic from 20 May to 12 August 2023.
The show’s songs are written by Tim Minchin and directed by The Old Vic’s artistic director Matthew Warchus – reuniting the duo following their smash-hit production of Matilda The Musical – which continues to pack in audiences at the Cambridge Theatre in London. The show has a book by Danny Ruben who co-wrote the films screenplay.
The creative team is also announced today. The production will feature Choreography by Lizzi Gee (Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Carol), Set and Costume by Rob Howell (Matilda The Musical, A Christmas Carol), Orchestration, Additional Music and Musical Supervision by Christopher Nightingale (A Christmas Carol, Matilda The Musical), Lighting by Hugh Vanstone (A Christmas Carol, Back to the Future), Sound by Simon Baker (A Christmas Carol, Girl from the North Country), Illusions by Paul Kieve (Matilda The Musical, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Video and Animation by Andrzej Goulding (Sylvia, Eureka Day), Additional Movement by Finn Caldwell (Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, Life of Pi), Casting by Will Burton for GBC (Matilda The Musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Musical Direction by Alan Berry (Matilda The Musical, Girl From the North Country), Voice by Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth (Sylvia, Eureka Day) and Dialect by Penny Dyer (Faith Healer, A Very Expensive Poison).
The Associate Directors are Paul Warwick Griffin and Nik Ashton, and the Assistant Director is Natalie Gilhome, with Associate Choreography by Helen Siveter, Associate Set by Bec Chippendale and Megan Rouse, Costume Supervision by Zoë Thomas-Webb, Hair, Wigs and Make-Up by Campbell Young Associates and Prop Supervision by Marcus Hall Props. The Assistant Musical Supervisor is Jack Hopkins, with Associate Lighting by Chris Hirst and Associate Sound by Jay Jones.
This year is the 30th anniversary of the much-loved movie that Groundhog Day The Musical is based on, with the 1993 hit starring Bill Murray.
The musical previously played at The Old Vic in 2016, and was nominated for 8 Laurence Olivier Awards, winning two including Best Musical. It also had a brief and unsuccessful Broadway run in 2017.
The Old Vic’s Artistic Director, Matthew Warchus, said:
‘Ahead of rehearsals starting next week, I’m very happy to share the wonderful array of talent joining me to present Groundhog Day this summer. This is a show that means an enormous amount to me, and I am hugely excited to be bringing it back in this new incarnation.’
Tim Minchin, who wrote the music & lyrics for Groundhog Day said:
‘I am hugely proud of our Groundhog Day. It has everything I want in a musical: it’s funny, heart-warming, multi-layered and theatrically intricate, tackling big ideas whilst still being wildly entertaining. It makes audiences laugh and cry and walk out wanting to buy another ticket. It is thematically, musically and intellectually quite grown-up, but also has an enema pun.
‘This show and my other collaboration with Matthew Warchus – Matilda The Musical – are kinda two sides of a philosophical coin: Matilda teaches us that we mustn’t be afraid to change your story, whereas Groundhog Day tells us we need to find our happiness in the here and now.’
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