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Groundhog Day The Musical

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Direct from its hit London run, this musicalization of the classic Bill Murray movie comes to Broadway starring Tony nominee Andy Karl, with songs by Tim Minchin ('Matilda') and directed by Tony winner Matthew Warchus.

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Meet Phil Connors, a disgruntled big-city weatherman mysteriously stuck in small-town America reliving the same day over and over and over again—with no consequences, no regrets, no tomorrows, and no hangovers. But once he starts getting to know associate TV producer Rita Hanson, he discovers it’s a day of second, third, and fourth chances.

 

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69
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85
The New York Times

"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...NY audiences have the rare chance to witness the full emergence of a newborn, bona fide musical star." Full Review

35
Broadway News

"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." Full Review

70
Variety

"Under Warchus’s helming, Phil’s adventures in Punxsutawney are like Alice’s adventures in Wonderland—fantastical and fun...Minchin’s lyrics turn out to be much cleverer than the introductory number would indicate. Unfortunately, his music lacks a distinctive sound and doesn’t rise above monotony...Karl’s charismatic perf and Warchus’s inventive staging are in the service of the book...Although the story holds up, it doesn’t entirely make sense here, given Phil’s nice-guy persona." Full Review

85
Theatermania

"It's Karl's heroic performance that truly carries the piece. Overall, 'Groundhog Day' is one of the more imaginative musicals of the season. When the material is combined with Warchus' cinematic staging, it is also one of the most consistently thrilling...It's exactly what you want a Broadway musical to be: a high-concept spectacle but one that has a compelling story, hummable music, and smart-as-hell lyrics. Reliving 'Groundhog Day' over and over would prove to be a real pleasure." Full Review

60
New York Magazine / Vulture

"It’s hard to imagine another musical leading man who could handle the relentless physical comedy, balance the character’s smarm and charm, then take the portrayal to the darker place where it finally needs to go...Not to say that the manic business of the first act is entirely excused by the richer reflectiveness of the second...Despite the musical’s theatrical cleverness it is often literal and choppy, like word-by-word Google translation. But at least it gets better as it loops along." Full Review

60
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

65
The Huffington Post

"An entertainment that is often compelling but occasionally fitful. The show has a major asset in the performance of Andy Karl...With 'Groundhog Day,' as with 'Rocky,' he is forced to do extra-heavy lifting...As for the musical itself, the songs kept me from fully slipping under its spell; the most memorable element for me, other than the star’s performance, was a daffy redneck car-chase in miniature, which is exhilarating. But Karl, by himself, is reason to see 'Groundhog Day.'" Full Review

90
Theater Life

“Exhilarating...‘Groundhog Day’ combines an innovative premise with a fresh, eclectic score influenced by many genres…Andy Karl rockets into the stratosphere in ‘Groundhog Day’…He’s equally credible and fun as a snide lout, a drunken lech, or a budding humanitarian, plus his vocals and physical movement skills are top-notch. The surrounding production, inventively staged by Matthew Warchus, is a feast of the imagination.” Full Review

65
New York Theater

"The translation to the stage presents logistical problems that the theatrical team solves with only varying degrees of success. The score is full of clever, saucy lyrics and music that ranges from rock to jazz to country...Technically impressive fast footwork and flashy stage effects that fill both eyes and ears but reach neither mind nor heart (nor funnybone!). All I can say about 'Groundhog Day' without ambivalence is that Karl’s performance is one that nobody should miss." Full Review

55
Lighting & Sound America

"Without the presence of Karl—one of the rare musical theatre stars who can function equally well as clown and romantic leading man—'Groundhog Day' might be no fun at all...The songwriter, Minchin, is a surprisingly sloppy lyricist...Karl is the show's energy cell, its main source of mirth. He can't make the sour, gratuitously cruel Phil into an engaging figure, however, which is why the first act is such a trial; in the somewhat better second act, he is allowed to unleash his natural charm." Full Review

85
The Hollywood Reporter

"The fiendishly crafty creative team has devised a musical that cracks open the source material to amplify its themes...It requires resourcefulness to take an iconic character and reshape it from the ground up. But that's exactly what Karl does...The humanizing of a heel is a story as old as time, but the miracle of what Rubin, Minchin and Warchus have pulled off here is to tell it without resorting to treacle." Full Review

70
The Wall Street Journal

"A good-looking, magnetically charismatic fellow with a rich singing voice and the effortless moves of an old-time hoofer, Mr. Karl did the impossible: He made you forget about Bill Murray...I won’t try to tell you, however, that 'Groundhog Day: The Musical' is a great show...The production is a bit too busy but is for the most part satisfyingly elaborate, while the staging is as fine as you’d expect from Mr. Warchus...'Guys and Dolls' it isn’t, but you won’t be even slightly sorry you saw it." Full Review

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AM New York

"A seriously misguided Broadway musical adaptation...The musical is a loud, bizarre, over-energized and tiresome misfire. Minchin’s pop-rock score is unmelodic and unmemorable, and the high-tech staging is so busy that it turns the film’s quiet charm into a frenzied parade of silly gags...Karl makes Phil into such an obnoxious jerk that the audience has little incentive to care about him." Full Review

85
The Clyde Fitch Report

"Under director Matthew Warchus’s expert tutelage, Rubin and songwriter Tim Minchin shoot this clever story to the stage as if it belongs there every bit as much as it belonged on the screen...Minchin is delightfully iconoclastic once again...Karl is alternately nuanced and broad throughout the show as he carries the weight of this tuner lightly...It’s like the Groundhog Day on which it takes place: worth experiencing over and over (and over and over) again." Full Review

85
Front Row Center

"The film was a terrific zebra; the Broadway musical is a kind of unicorn...Minchin’s score makes a joyful noise, to be sure, but it is not unalloyed hoopla...This is an original score that will endure. The sometimes dense lyrics, by turns funny and poignant, leave you stretching to sort it all out at times. It’s more than worth the effort...Erasing the estimable Bill Murray in the audience’s memory is no small task—unless you are Andy Karl...On the performance side, the craft is stunning." Full Review

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Talkin' Broadway

"Overproduced, overwritten, overacted, and over-everything-elsed adaptation...They've buried most of the movie's abundant charms beneath a heap of hypercaffeinated glitziness that honors neither the Broadway musical form nor Karl's inspiring work ethic...All this frenzy occurs for no dramatic or theatrical reason, and it doesn't so much create energy as it does sap it; it's exhausting watching any show try harder than necessary to engage you, all while missing the underlying point." Full Review

80
Chicago Tribune

"Overstuffed and near-chaotic production...This is still a new Broadway musical that works—even one that has a few moments of greatness, replayed and redux...Minchin is about the wittiest lyricist on any rialto, and his songs in this show are a series of deliciously funny, quirky and waggish little ditties that make you laugh out loud...It takes a few minutes to get used to what Karl is doing—but this really is, in the final analysis, a highly effective and intensely skillful lead performance." Full Review

40
Times Square Chronicles

"Andy Karl, scenic and costume designer Rob Howell and Barrett Doss are what keep 'Groundhog Day' watchable...The problem is it takes almost three hours to tell in a never-ending loop that just gets old despite Matthew Warchus' wonderful direction. Part of the problem is Tim Minchin’s, score, which has so many mixed accents and bizarre melodies. They go for crass lyrics and quirky melodic lines where not one of these ditties is hummable." Full Review

80
Deadline

"While 'Groundhog Day' may not actually be the best musical, it is, as I said, very good...The story works. So does the cast...Yes, the show frequently seems on the verge of spinning out of control. But there is neat whimsy — I doubt you’ll soon forget the best car chase I’ve ever seen on stage — and genuine feeling, in part because Karl is a deeply appealing guy... In all, there’s a tremendous amount of pleasure to be had here. " Full Review

55
New York Daily News

"Two hours and 45 minutes of kinetic and sometimes witty but ultimately wearying antics. Fortunately, there’s a silver lining: musical-comedy dreamboat Andy Karl...Built-in repetition is a challenge. Director Matthew Warchus tries to solve it by keeping things in motion. The show whirs, buzzes, blinks and throws in playful mirages and fast-paced, if finicky, special effects. The frolics lead to diminishing returns — and don’t make up for the shortage of songs you’d love to hear again." Full Review

70
CurtainUp

"It's a yes and no on whether this marriage of this iconic film and the musical-theater genre works...Rubin's book works pretty well and songwriter Tim Minchin has created an ear-pleasing range of tunes. But while director Matthew Warchus and his designers have certainly created an abundance of eye-popping theatrical wizardry, this is a problematic marriage...Fortunately, Andy Karl saves the day...He won me over enough to almost forgive the extreme busyness and clownish elements." Full Review

74
Front Mezz Junkies

"Expertly by Matthew Warchus...The songs are more quirky comedy than memorable, but they sure are entertaining for the most part...For a show that is a about a day that keeps repeating, it is constantly surprising us by doing something a bit different at almost every turn...A tightening up would speed this show along. It’s a thoroughly entertaining show for sure, full of good humor, a great deal of talent, strong morals, and lessons learned, but I only wish there were more heart." Full Review

65
TheaterScene.net

"Andy Karl’s magnetism elevates this decent and sugary musical adaptation of the celebrated film...A mildly entertaining production...Tim Minchin’s score is a pleasant blend of jazzy, pop and Country & Western music, but his lyrics are rudimentary...The talented ensemble all depicts their cartoony roles with excellent characterizations, but no one really makes much of an impact...This treatment of the original work is adeptly presented but it’s lacking in emotional resonance." Full Review

80
Bob's Theater Blog

"Andy Karl is such a charming, likable performer that he is reason enough to see this Broadway musical...The problem of including loads of repetition without inducing boredom is solved with some success, particularly in the second act. The music and lyrics by Tim Minchin are workmanlike. My main complaint about the show is that it is overproduced...I was also annoyed by the gratuitous profanity; dropping an F-bomb serves no purpose other than titillation." Full Review

80
The Wrap

"Inventive, acerbic, and thoroughly irreverent...The story of 'Groundhog Day' plays so well on stage because it reflects the dilemma of its performers. Whereas movie actors do a few takes and are done with it, the cast of any successful musical is fated to keep repeating itself for hundreds, if not thousands, of performances...You can’t help but think about all that carefully honed repetition when watching the enormously gifted and seemingly tireless Andy Karl." Full Review

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82
Avg Score

85
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Andy Karl.

Don't see it if Cannot handle a sardonic, romantic comedy (musical)

90
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if You like musicals, sarcasm, and re-living the same day over and over and over...I was honestly surprised how much I loved this.

Don't see it if The movie is sacred to you and should not be messed with. Hate musicals.

85
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to see some great staging and loved the movie

Don't see it if You hated the movie

80
Great staging, Messy

See it if You want to see an incredibly staged, entertaining musical with a great performance from the lead actor.

Don't see it if You're looking for something less messy, more tightly constructed or a little more focused in its storytelling.

86
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You're looking for delicious comedy, clever staging, and a fantastic leading performance

Don't see it if You're looking for something complex or topical

Also I saw it without ever seeing the movie and really, really enjoyed it!

65
Funny, Great acting, Overrated, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you have discounted tickets and it's on your list of shows to see otherwise skip it, there are so many other better shows on and off bway.

Don't see it if you want something light, the show takes a dark turn and is fluffy.

79
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if 2 lead actors were very good, staging is great.

Don't see it if Music not so great, show confusing at times.

80
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like very light-hearted comedy

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie

84
Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You liked the movie, although I hate the movie and enjoyed the show. You like the lead Andy Karl, who is very appealing. You like musicals.

Don't see it if You don't want to see repetitive scenes (whole basis of plot). You easily fall asleep at matinees. You don't like shows to get a bit dark.

80
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Want to see a light, funny show based on the movie.

Don't see it if Forgettable songs, and predictable.

76
Funny, Entertaining, Fun, Overlong

See it if Charming musical with outstanding lead man .

Don't see it if Looking for something serious, meaningful or edgy.

60
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an irreverent, if not entirely satisfying show. Incredibly talented cast, but the material never lives up to their potential

Don't see it if you need to truly care about the lead character. The show just didn't work. The best song in the show is sung by the supporting female.

90
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like the premise of Groundhog Day the movie, delight in new and original musicals and enjoy the scale of Broadway staging and acting

Don't see it if You don't like musicals

71
Indulgent, Banal, Fluffy

See it if for Andy Karl's performance. Without him the show would be very weak. The staging is occasionally very clever in the transfer film-> stage.

Don't see it if Music is very forgettable; book is mostly insipid and sometimes tasteless. Much of the staging is flashy & pointless. Hard-working cast...

50
Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Bad music

See it if You are not picky about musicals and have not seen much theatre.

Don't see it if I really didn't like the show. Great acting by the cast but some of the worst theattrical music I've ever heard. Book was not good too.

82
Long set-up in act 1 really pays off in act 2, Busy stging, Less than brilliant sets, Andy karl charming

See it if You want to see mostly pure fluff which ultimately pays off in a MUCH better Act 2. Being Nancy! Great moment.

Don't see it if You get impatient with a long almost tedious set up. You want an interesting score. 2 extraneous songs are nice.

Also I had read such wonderful things I felt I had to see it. I knew that A... Read more Read less

67
Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if Loved the movie and like stupid story The star is very good

Don't see it if Got many people recommending but very disappointed boring slow and stupid left after first act

88
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if a very high energy musical about a TV weatherman's transition from being callous to having a heart, imaginative staging, a wonderful A. Karl

Don't see it if want something slower paced; 2 hours 40 min. would be too long; a story about a man reliving the same day over & over is not appealing

Also A couple of scenes could have been deleted (NOT the very clever car ch... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You like musicals with some grit to them. Andy Karl is great! And the production is incredibly clever and fun!

Don't see it if You are looking for something deep or with music that can stand alone out of context of the musical.

83
Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like good Broadway musicals and great performances.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals.

Also I never thought this show could top the movie. I can't say it was bett... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love the movie and the story, and want to see it on Broadway.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals.

Also It is a surprise that a great Broadway musical came out from the 90's ... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You love incredible production value, a great ensemble, charismatic leads, and a story that melts your heart. ❤️

Don't see it if You don't like nice things, don't like musicals, don't like groundhogs.

85
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great staging

See it if you want to see something with a heart. By the end, the transition of the characters seems heartfelt. Great staging effects (chase scene).

Don't see it if you didn't think the movie made any sense or wasn't funny. It's not the best show ever, but fun, funny, clever and entertaining.

Also Andy Karl is giving a terrific, funny, energetic performance (he alway... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to have a delightful night-out.

Don't see it if you expect a extra-ordinary musical.

Also The musical is fun and delightful to watch, but the music is overall t... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Great acting, Must see, Great staging, Andy karl's perf as phil proves there should be a separate tony award for best comedy actor!

See it if TWO shows for the price of ONE as Act 1 starts us with snarky Weatherman "Phil Connors" only to b followed in Act 2 by his earned redemption

Don't see it if Don't see if the occasional F-bomb is offensive. I saw the movie so if U haven't then U might want to read some reviews below for others POV