Tim Minchin's Groundhog Day Musical Gets Off the Ground; Watch Song Performed in London (Video)

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17 Jul 2014

Tim Minchin
Tim Minchin

Groundhog Day, the new musical from Olivier Award-winning Matilda songwriter Tim Minchin and Danny Rubin — based on the 1993 Harold Ramis film of the same name — had its first workshop July 12 in London.

According to the Tony-nominated songwriter, who answered fan questions July 16 via TheGuardian.com, the first workshop was finished over the weekend. Minchin said, "It's looking exciting, but it's so hard to know how good it's going to be. I'm incredibly impatient to see it on its feet. I'm glad you like 'Seeing You.' I love playing it and people seem to react really strongly to it. I hasten to add, not all the songs are so emotional! There's heaps of comedy and a predictable tendency towards too many lyrics."

"Seeing You," a song from the new musical — about a weatherman who finds himself reliving the same day over and over — was recently performed by the songwriter in London's Hyde Park. Watch the performance below.

Minchin also said in the Q&A, "I've written a song for Groundhog Day about the inevitability of death… It won't be in the public domain for 18 months."

It was previously reported that Tony and Olivier Award-winning Matilda director Matthew Warchus is shepherding the project and once the musical is ready, Warchus will determine whether the show is bound for the London or New York stage first.

Minchin's Tony-nominated Matilda is slated to premiere in Sydney next year and is currently running at Broadway's Shubert Theatre.