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Full cast announced for Groundhog Day the Musical

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Andy Karl in Groundhog Day
Andy Karl in Groundhog Day

Full casting has now been announced for the forthcoming Broadway transfer of Groundhog Day the Musical, which begins previews at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre on 16 March 2017, before an official opening on 17 April 2017.

Joining the previously announced Two-time Tony nominee Andy Karl who will reprise his West End role as Phil Connors will be Barrett Doss as Rita Hanson.

They will be joined by 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.

Andy Karl earned Tony nominations for his performances in 'Rocky' (2014) and 'On the Twentieth Century' (2015). His other Broadway credits include 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood,' '9 to 5,' 'Legally Blonde,' 'Jersey Boys,' 'Wicked,' and 'Saturday Night Fever.' Barrett Doss's previous credits include 'You Can't Take It With You' and 'Burning'.

Click HERE to read our 5-star review of the West End premiere production on our London Theatre partner site.

The creative team of Groundhog Day features seven of the creators of the West End and Broadwy hit Matilda, who reunited for the project. These include director Matthew Warchus, composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling, costume & set designer Rob Howell, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone, sound designer Simon Baker and orchestrator & musical supervisor Christopher Nightingale. They team up with original screenplay co-writer Danny Rubin to bring Groundhog Day to the stage.

Synopsis: "Groundhog Day is the story of Phil Connors, an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, when sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, finds himself caught in a time loop where he is forced to repeat the same day again and again... and again. As each day plays out exactly the same as before Phil becomes increasingly despondent, but is there a lesson to be learned through his experiences, will he ever unlock the secret and break the cycle?"

The Broadway production is co-produced by André Ptaszynski for Whistle Pig Productions and Lia Vollack for Columbia Live Stage.

The 1993 film, with a screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, based on a story by Rubin, and directed by Ramis, starred Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott. Released by Columbia Pictures, it was one of the top grossing films of 1993.

- by Dom O'Hanlon

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