REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Groundhog Day” Opened with a ShowScore of 79

Show-Score | Apr 18, 2017
“Groundhog Day,” with songs by Tim Minchin, a book by Danny Rubin, and directed by Matthew Warchus, opened on April 17, 2017 in New York City. “Groundhog Day,” with songs by Tim Minchin, a book by Danny Rubin, and directed by Matthew Warchus, opened on April 17, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

34 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 72.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"A dizzyingly witty new musical...Mr. Karl is so outrageously inventive in ringing changes on the same old, same old, that you can’t wait for another (almost identical) day to dawn...Mr. Karl turns these different feelings into a replete gallery of self-portraits, drawn with both comic panache and genuine feeling...He uses every tool in the musical arsenal, too, often to devastating effect...New York audiences have the rare chance to witness the full emergence of a newborn, bona fide musical star."
Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 35
"Life would be grim indeed if I had to wake up and face this tedious, charm-free and often tasteless show again day after day...Despite Minchin’s often cleverly turned (if vulgar) lyrics and the Trojan-like work of Karl, 'Groundhog Day' never achieves the comic liftoff that made the movie at least mildly diverting...Minchin is a skillful songwriter, but his score for 'Groundhog Day' is mostly flavorless and uninspired."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 60
"While there are likable, inspired elements...time crawls as you wait for boorish weatherman Phil to surrender to human kindness...The tone throughout is gratingly cartoonish, replacing the dry whimsy of the movie with overwrought clownishness...The story lacks focus and drive. We don’t care enough about the crucial, deepening romance...Even for all the structural problems of the book and score, Karl’s turn is undeniably strong—just not enough to fix the skipping-record world around him."

“Groundhog Day” was also reviewed by Peter Filichia of BroadwaySelect, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Marilyn Stasio of Variety, Alicia Lutes of Nerdist, Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly, PJ Grisar of Stage Buddy, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, David Finkle of The Clyde Fitch Report, and David Gordon of Theatermania.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 458 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 79.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful

megandee, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You like irreverent, dark musicals with clever, original staging and contemporary choreography. You loved the movie. You like groundhogs." 
Don't see it if…"You didn't like the moviea lot of the source material is intact. You can't abide a little silliness or suspend your disbelief."
Brian C, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You want to see stagecraft brilliantly used to enhance a story. Andy Karl plays the laughs beautifully." 
Don't see it if…"You want to hear a great score. Not one song was as good as the staging or performances."
Christopher C 2, ShowScore: 52
See it if…"You're looking to just turn off your quality filter and laugh." 
Don't see it if…"You're looking for a tuneful score, well-crafted lyrics, and the charm of the original film."

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