What Do Critics Think of Groundhog Day on Broadway? | Playbill

The Verdict What Do Critics Think of Groundhog Day on Broadway? The new musical, starring Andy Karl, opened April 17.
Andy Karl and Barrett Doss Joan Marcus

The new musical Groundhog Day opens at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre April 17, rising above a troubled preview period that included a halted first performance on March 16 and an onstage injury of its star Andy Karl.

Though Karl’s injury—a torn ACL—resulted in the cancellation of the April 15 matinee and his understudy Andrew Call taking center stage that evening, the two-time Tony nominee is back to reprise his Olivier-winning performance as Phil Connors. Tickets can be purchased here. The musical, directed by Matthew Warchus, features a score by Tim Minchin and a book by Danny Rubin.


Read what critics thought of Groundhog Day below. Playbill will continue to update with reviews as they are published.

Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones)

Deadline (Jeremy Gerard)

Entertainment Weekly (Chris Nashawaty)

The Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

NBC New York (Robert Kahn)

Newsday (Linda Winer)

New York Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)

New York Magazine (Jesse Green)

New York Times (Ben Brantley)

TimeOut NY (David Cote)

Variety (Marilyn Stasio)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

Based on the 1993 film of the same name, 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.

Rounding out the cast are Rebecca Faulkenberry, John Sanders, Andrew Call, Raymond J. Lee, Heather Ayers, Kevin Bernard, Gerard Canonico, Rheaume Crenshaw, Michael Fatica, Katy Geraghty, Camden Gonzales, Jordan Grubb, Taylor Iman Jones, Tari Kelly, Josh Lamon, Joseph Medeiros, Sean Montgomery, William Parry, Jenna Rubaii, Vishal Vaidya, Travis Waldschmidt, and Natalie Wisdom.

The musical premiered in 2016 at London's Old Vic.


The Broadway mounting is produced by Whistle Pig, Columbia Live Stage, and the Dodgers.

The creative team includes choreographer Peter Darling, co-choreographer Ellen Kane, set and costume designer Rob Howell, orchestrator and musical supervisor Christopher Nightingale, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone, and sound designer Simon Baker. David Holcenberg is the music director.


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