Groundhog Day is the story of Phil Connors, an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, when sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, finds himself caught in a time loop where he is forced to repeat the same day again and again…and again.
The musical is based on the 1993 film Groundhog Day. In 2006 it was added to the United States National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." It was voted at number 8 in the top ten greatest films in the fantasy genre by The American Film Institute. The plot centred on 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 August 2003, Stephen Sondheim, when asked what his next project might be, said that he was interested in the idea of a musical adaption of Groundhog Day. However, in a 2008 live chat, he said that "to make a musical of Groundhog Day would be to gild the lily. It cannot be improved." 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. In January 2014, it was revealed that lyricist Tim Minchin and director Matthew Warchus had teamed up with Rubin. A workshop was held in London on 12 July, and Minchin performed a song from the show "Seeing You" during a concert in Hyde Park.
On 2 April 2015, the musical was officially confirmed and it was announced that the show would receive its Broadway premiere in March 2017. It was later announced the musical would make its world premiere during 2016 at The Old Vic theatre in London, as part of director Matthew Warchus' debut season as artistic director of the theatre.
The musical has a book by Danny Rubin, based on his and Harold Ramis's original screenplay, and is directed by Matthew Warchus, with choreography by Peter Darling and design by Rob Howell. The show features an original score and lyrics by Australian comedian and lyricist Tim Minchin. The production reunites most of the creative team behind the 2010 musical Matilda.
Speaking about the musical, director Warchus said that it's "a show full of intellect, integrity and wit, insight, humor—and of course romance." Minchin, who wrote the music and lyrics for the adaption, added, "Our version of Groundhog Day is going to be both instantly recognisable, and utterly different" and that "The central conceit is perfectly suited to the theatre... it has the potential to be complex, dark, visually fascinating, and thematically rich, whilst still being a joyous romantic comedy with cool tunes and lots of gags."
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Groundhog Day (2016-08-Old Vic-London)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Old Vic (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 1 mois Nombre : Première Preview : vendredi 15 juillet 2016Première : mardi 16 août 2016Dernière : lundi 19 septembre 2016Mise en scène : Matthew Warchus • Chorégraphie : Peter Darling • Producteur : Avec : Andy Karl (Phil Connors), Carlyss Peer (Rita), Eugene McCoy (Larry), 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, Jenny O’Leary, Leanne Pinder, Mark Pollard, Damien Poole, Jack Shalloo, Andrew Spillett, Spencer StaffordPresse : "Does it provide the same quantity of standout, sing-at-home numbers that we saw in Matilda? Hard to say at first sitting – but what is clear is that Groundhog Day is as funny and as touching as you could wish, and it lands with the confidence of an instant classic." Dominic Cavendish for The Telegraph
"While the show is high-grade fun, I enjoyed it more for its dazzling theatrical expertise than for its much thinner emotional content." Michael Billington for The Guardian
"Eloquent about despair but also relentlessly amusing, Groundhog Day is a treat." Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard
Groundhog Day (2017-04-August Wilson Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: August Wilson Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 5 mois Nombre : 31 previews - 176 représentationsPremière Preview : jeudi 16 mars 2017Première : lundi 17 avril 2017Dernière : dimanche 17 septembre 2017Mise en scène : Matthew Warchus • Chorégraphie : Peter Darling • Producteur : Avec : Andy Karl (Phil Connors), Barrett Doss (Rita Hanson), Rebecca Faulkenberry (Nancy), John Sanders (Ned Ryerson)Presse : "Repetition is an art of infinite variety as it’s practiced by Andy Karl in “Groundhog Day,” the dizzyingly witty new musical from the creators of “Matilda.”... “Groundhog Day” reimagines a much-loved film about instant karma with such fertile and feverish theatrical imagination that you expect to see it implode before your eyes." Ben Brantley for New York Times
"If a groundhog sees its shadow, there’ll be six more weeks of winter. If you see “Groundhog Day,” there’ll be 2 hours and 45 minutes of kinetic and sometimes witty but ultimately wearying antics. Fortunately, there’s a silver lining: musical-comedy dreamboat Andy Karl, who puts his own irresistible stamp on the arrogant TV weatherman played in the 1993 film by Bill Murray." Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News
"While there are likeable, inspired elements in this musical adaptation of the great Bill Murray movie, time crawls as you wait for boorish weatherman Phil Connors to surrender to human kindness and true romance." David Cote for Time Out New York
"Unlike far too many musicals regurgitated from hit movies, Groundhog Day is a delirious reinvention with its own defiantly unique personality, a relentless forward-backward spin that leaves you smiling, exhilarated and giddy, much like the Tilt-a-Whirl ride that briefly occupies the stage in the show's second act." David Rooney for Hollywood Reporter
"As musical theater performers go, you couldn’t ask for a more personable fellow than Andy Karl. His high-energy athleticism kept “Rocky” on its toes. And his comic chops earned him plenty of notice in “On the Twentieth Century.” Now, in “Groundhog Day,” he proves he can carry an entire show on his back." Marilyn Stasio for Variety
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