Karl played the role of cranky and cocky weatherman Phil Connors, stuck in a time loop reliving Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
In his statement, Karl expressed his gratitude for his involvement in the show and the run that ended “far too soon.”
“The best roles are those with a full journey, like Phil Connors,” he wrote. “Under my own admission I was skeptical of how this would translate from screen to stage without being sappy, clunky or literal. But when I got that golden moment to read the script I immediately understood the journey they set out to make.”
He continued: “When you are part of something this inspired, deeply meaningful, humorous and exuberant all you want is to have everyone in the world see it and hear it and examine it over and over. I wanted everyone to see what I see.”
The show earned Tony nominations for Best Musical, Karl's leading performance, and five more. Though it took home no statues on Tony night, Karl was the recipient of the 2017 Drama Desk and Olivier Award for his portrayal of Connors.
Having injured himself onstage during the preview period, Karl’s own journey with the show became as much a story as the show itself.
After stating that Groundhog Day was his greatest experience as an actor to date, he concluded with this thought: “Tomorrow there will be sun, but it will not soon outshine the memory of this incredible experience of Groundhog Day umculo.”
To read the full statement, see the post below: