Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of the upcoming production of Groundhog Day the Old Vic Theatre.
The new musical will star Carlyss Peer as Rita Hanson alongside the previously announced Andy Karl in the role of Phil Connors.
A graduate of Rada, Peer’s theatre credits include Ophelia in Hamlet and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Rivals (Theatre Royal Bath and Theatre Royal Haymarket) and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Salisbury Playhouse). Television credits include Holy City, Doctors, Silent Witness and the forthcoming ITV drama Brief Encounter.
American actor Karl can currently be seen on the NBC series Law & Order: SVU. He won the Outer Critics Circle Award and has been nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League awards for his starring role opposite Kristin Chenoweth in the Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century. Previous theatre credits include Broadway musical Rocky, Jersey Boys, Wicked, 9 to 5, Legally Blonde and Saturday Night Fever.
Karl and Peer are joined by an ensemble cast including Leo Andrew, David Birch, Ste Clough, Roger Dipper, Georgina Hagen, Kieran Jae, Julie Jupp, Andrew Langtree, Vicki Lee Taylor, Emma Lindars, Antonio Magro, Carolyn Maitland, Kirsty Malpass, Lisa Mathieson, Eugene McCoy, Jenny O’Leary, Leanne Pinder, Mark Pollard, Damien Poole, Jack Shalloo, Andrew Spillett and Spencer Stafford.
Directed by Matthew Warchus, the creative team includes composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell, four of the creators of the international musical sensation Matilda The Musical, with a book by Danny Rubin.
Groundhog Day will run from 11 July 2016 until 17 September 2016 at the Old Vic theatre.