Bill Murray—who created the role of Phil Connors in the film Groundhog Day—took in a performance of the Broadway musical adaptation, according to The New York Times.
Murray played the cranky weatherman stuck reliving the forecast holiday in Punxsatawney, Pennsylvania in the 1993 film. The actor attended the show with original screenwriter (and the musical’s book writer) Danny Rubin and his brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, who played Buster in the film.
After the Act II opener, “Playing Nancy,” Murray was heard exclaiming “Wow!” By the end of the show, he was visibly sobbing.
Murray, Doyle-Murray, and Rubin visited the cast backstage after the show. He told actor Sean Montgomery, who plays the Sheriff, “It was really beautiful. You got me. You really got me.”
Turning his attention to the full cast he said, “As actors, I can’t respect enough how disciplined you are and how serving you are of the process. There’s nothing worse than seeing someone that’s out for themselves. And you are all in it for each other.”
Moved by the message of Groundhog Day, Murray talked about why it hits such a sweet spot for him: “The idea that we just have to try again. We just have to try again. It’s such a beautiful, powerful idea.”
Bill Murray Stops By Groundhog Day on Broadway
Though Murray attended the show with Rubin, during the filming of the movie, Murray disagreed with co-screenwriter and director Harold Ramis, who passed away in 2014. Still, when asked in a post-show interview what he believes Ramis would have thought of the musical, Murray responded, “I think he would’ve been flabbergasted. Brian and I are flabbergasted. It’s really something.”