Producers have confirmed that Andy Karl will star as Phil Connors in the Broadway production of the new musical Groundhog Day, following his celebrated performance in the show’s London production at The Old Vic this summer.
Tickets are now on sale to American Express card members for the forthcoming Broadway musical, which will begin previews March 16, 2017, at the August Wilson Theatre (245 W. 52nd St.) prior to an official opening April 17.
Tickets to the production, which features music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, book by Danny Rubin, and direction by Matthew Warchus, are available at ticketmaster.com or by telephone at (800) 745-3000. Audience Rewards members can purchase tickets starting October 26 at 10 AM. Tickets go on sale to the general public November 2 at 10 AM.
Additional Broadway casting will be announced shortly.
See photos from the London premiere:
First Look at Groundhog Day at London’s Old Vic
The creative team also includes choreographer Peter Darling, set and costume designer Rob Howell, orchestrator and musical supervisor Christopher Nightingale, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone, and sound designer Simon Baker.
Groundhog Day, according to production notes, “is the story of Phil Connors, a cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman who is sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, PA, when he finds himself caught in a time loop, forced to repeat the same day again and again…and again. As each day plays out exactly the same as before Phil becomes increasingly despondent, but is there a lesson to be learned through his experiences, will he ever unlock the secret and break the cycle?”
Groundhog Day is produced by Whistle Pig and Columbia Live Stage.
The 1993 Columbia Pictures film, with a screenplay by Rubin and Harold Ramis, based on a story by Rubin, and directed by Ramis, starred Bill Murray. The motion picture was cited by the Writers Guild of America as one of the 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written and in 2000 was voted by readers of Total Film as one of the ten best comedies of all time.
The musical was first performed at The Old Vic in London in July.