Groundhog Day Perform ‘Philanthropy’ on the Today Show
Previews Mar 16, 2017 / Opening Apr 17, 2017
August Wilson Theatre
Groundhog Day is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and a book by Danny Rubin. Based on the 1993 film of the same name written by Rubin and Harold Ramis, the musical made its world premiere at The Old Vic in London in 2016 and will transfer to the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway from 17 April 2017. The plot centres around Phil Connors, an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again.
In 2009, during an interview with MTV News, Harold Ramis revealed that Danny Rubin was working on the book for a musical version of the film. Rubin affirmed he had been working on a concept of a Groundhog Day musical for some time, and already had about 12 song ideas (weened down from 30) along with dialog, scenes, and other production aspects. Around 2012, Rubin had become stuck and felt it impossible he could make the musical happen as he believed he could not progress without the collaboration of a composer. Shortly after reaching this conclusion, Rubin was called by director Matthew Warchus to introduce him to lyricist Tim Minchin, who had just completed his composition for Matilda the Musical. Rubin felt Minchin’s work in Matilda proved he “can write songs that are funny and moving and smart and beautiful”, and the three started working on adapting Rubin’s book.
Andy Karl – Phil Connors
Barrett Doss – Rita Hanson
Heather Ayers – Mrs. Lancaster
Kevin Bernard – Hot Dog Vendor
Andrew Call – Gus
Gerard Canonico – Fred
Rheaume Crenshaw – Doris
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