The first Broadway preview of the new musical version of 1993 film classic “Groundhog Day” on March 16 was beset by technical troubles that resulted it most of the show being presented as a concert. A turntable proved temperamental in Act 1. But in the true spirit of the rialto, the show went on with the company singing the show’s tunes by Tony nominee Tim Minchin (“Matilda”) if not saying the words crafted by Danny Rubin who adapted his BAFTA award-winning screenplay.
Two-time Tony Awards nominee Andy Karl takes on the role played so memorably in the movie by Bill Murray: Phil Connors, a disgruntled weatherman forced to relive the same day over and over. He makes lemonade out of lemons as he gets repeated chances to woo TV producer Rita Hanson (Barrett Doss).
This production was first staged at the Old Vic in London, where helmer Matthew Warchus is the artistic director. It recently reaped eight Olivier Awards nominations, including Best Musical, Best Actor (Karl) and Best Director. Those winners will be announced on April 9. That is eight days before this Broadway edition has its official opening. The Tony Awards nominations will be revealed on May 2.
Also in contention at the Oliviers are choreographers Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, set and costume designer Rob Howell and lighting designer Hugh Vanstone.
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