Musical adaptation of Groundhog Day is Broadway-bound

A musical adaptation of the 1993 hit film Groundhog Day will officially open on Broadway on 9 March 2017, following previews from 23 January 2017 at a yet-to-be-confirmed theatre.

Four of the creators of the West End and Broadwy hit Matilda have reunited for the project. These include director Matthew Warchus, composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling, and designer Rob Howell. They team up with original screenplay 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."

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.

Groundhog Day is produced on Broadway by Whistle Pig Productions, Scott Rudin, and Columbia Live Stage.

Casting and additional creative team members will be announced at a later date.

The world premiere of the musical adaptation is still rumoured to take place at London's Old Vic Theatre in 2016.

- by Tom Millward