Additional casting has been announced for the world premiere of the Broadway-bound Groundhog Day, a new musical with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and book by Danny Rubin (who co-scripted the 1993 film of the same name with Harold Ramis). The production, as previously reported, will begin previews July 11 at London's Old Vic prior to an official opening August 16, for a run through September 17.
The musical is directed by Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus, with choreography by Peter Darling and designs by Rob Howell — the same team behind the West End and Broadway hit Matilda, also co-written by Minchin.
As previously announced, Broadway actor Andy Karl — who was last seen on Broadway in On the Twentieth Century, for which he was Tony-nominated, and previously played the title role in Rocky — will star as Phil Connors, a cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman who is sent to cover the Groundhog Day event in the small town of Punxutawney, PA, where he finds himself caught in a time loop, forced to repeat the same day again and again… and again.
New additions to the cast, according to the Daily Mail, include Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's Carlyss Peer as TV producer Rita (Andie MacDowell in the film) and Eugene McCoy as cameraman Larry.
Other key creative personnel include Christopher Nightingale (orchestrations and additional music), Hugh Vanstone (lighting), Simon Baker (sound) and Paul Kieve (illusions).
To book tickets contact the box office on 0844 871 7628 or visit oldvictheatre.com.