How did composer Tim Minchin, book writer Danny Rubin, and director Matthew Warchus turn a story about an endless cycle of the same day into a Broadway musical? Take a look at the exclusive video above, in which the creators of Groundhog Day discuss its inception, creation, and more over coffee and sticky buns.
“I came to see Matilda and was just floored,” Rubin says, recalling his first meeting with Minchin and Warchus. “And I was ready—the timing was absolutely right to find the right partners for this thing.”
Additionally, Minchin reveals what he considers a “very interesting quirk”: Throughout the development process, not a single song that he wrote was cut from the final product. Every number he penned made it into the show now playing the August Wilson Theatre.
Groundhog Day, starring Andy Karl as weatherman Phil Connors, is up for eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.