After sustaining a torn ACL during the April 14 preview performance of Groundhog Day, leading man Andy Karl will take off four performances to rest and recover at the instruction of his doctors.
Understudy Andrew Call will take on the role of Phil Connors for both the 2 PM and 8 PM performances Wednesday, April 19, the 7 PM performance April 20, and the 2 PM matinee on Saturday, April 22.
Two-thirds into the second act on April 14, Karl injured himself during a choreographed leapfrog routine, halting the performance and causing him to perform the remainder of the show with a cane. The next day's matinee was canceled, and Call went on that evening.
Karl, who took center stage for the new musical’s official opening April 17 and the April 18 performance, will perform Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 at 8 PM.
Groundhog Day Opening Night on Broadway
Featuring a score by Tim Minchin and a book by Danny Rubin, Groundhog Day follows Phil Connors, a disgruntled weatherman stuck in small-town America who relives the same day over and over again. As he gets to know associate TV producer Rita Hanson (played by Barrett Doss) for the first time repeatedly, he realizes it’s an opportunity for second, third, and fourth chances.
The Matthew Warchus-helmed production began performances at the August Wilson Theatre March 16.
Karl’s performance schedule is subject to change.