We all know and love the 1993 comedic film Groundhog Day which stars the hilarious Bill Murray and lovely sidekick Andie MacDowell. The general plot, for those unfortunate enough to have missed viewing the film, is about an arrogant weatherman, set to cover Groundhog Day for the fourth time, gets stuck reliving the same Groundhog Day over and over again until he makes a major self-discovery.
The movie has already recently been made into a musical and is now playing on stage at the Old Vic theater in London, the fabulous reviews for this marvelous show can be found here. The brilliant music is written by ever popular Australian comedic musician Tim Minchin who is known for his off-the-wall comedic songs. Some of Minchin’s most popular tunes outside of the musical include “Come Home”, “Inflatable You”, and “F Sharp”. On top of his comedy routines, Minchin has also written the music for the Broadway musical Matilda, based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl made famous by the movie made in 1996. In true Minchin style, the music for Groundhog Day provides a subtle, dark humor which brilliantly underscores the otherwise lighthearted plot.
World renowned Scott Rudin produced the musical Groundhog Day. He was also the producer for Skylight, Fish in the Dark, and the widely famous Book of Mormon. The co-writer for the movie, Danny Rubin also helped write the musical.
The drama of this show is overall playful yet with subtle complexity. It gives the viewer the same comedic magic and whimsical spirit of the film, yet layers on top an interesting societal reflection calling on the audience to look inside oneself. Originally the writers weren’t sure larger audiences would appreciate the woven urge for introspection, which is why it premiered at the Old Vic and not a West End theater, where British shows destined for Broadway usually start out. Yet Minchin’s clever way of making us recognize societal flaws, and letting us laugh about them at the same time, has made this new musical thoroughly enjoyable.
As of next year, the show will hit Broadway. Previews will start January 23rd, 2017 and the show will premier on March 9, 2017.