The previously announced 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), has announced dates for its production at London's Old Vic. It will begin performances July 11 prior to an official opening August 16, for a run through September 17.
Tickets have gone on priority pre-sale now, with general booking beginning April 12.
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 Tim Minchin.
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 — stars 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. Will he ever unlock the secret and break the cycle?
Warchus is currently represented at the Old Vic by his production of Ibsen's The Master Builder starring Ralph Fiennes, and next will also direct Timothy Spall in Pinter's The Caretaker. Previous West End and Broadway credits include Art, The God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests, Boeing-Boeing, La Bete and Ghost the Musical.
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.