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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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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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Newsday

"I saw Andy Karl in 'Groundhog Day' on Thursday, and he was terrific. So, in fact, was the show, an ingenious, witty, dark yet joyously offbeat musical...Minchin’s music beguiles with odd phrase lengths and wildly unpredictable, amusing lyrics, while director Matthew Warchus and his first-rate cast take us through the day and its many conflations with a light touch that belies the head-spinning concept and scenic intricacy." Full Review

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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

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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

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

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87
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Must see, Great staging

See it if you loved the movie (don't worry, the show adds!) or don't know the movie. Clever theatrics. Lots of new tender moments. Go see it.

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie or don't like musicals.

72
Ambitious, Fluffy, Fine

See it if you really loved the movie/want to see Andy Karl really shine/you like dark comedy

Don't see it if you are disturbed by making light of mental illness or suicide/you are looking for a memorable score/you need your leads to have chemistry

96
Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you admire brilliant physical comedy (I was enthralled by Andy's facial expressions, some of them quite subtle)

Don't see it if I can't predict who will love this, but I just know that not everybody does as much as I did.

80
Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like the classic story of being stuck in a loop and are looking for an entertaining night of theater.

Don't see it if You don't like repeated scenes or the original movie.

Also Could ideally have been about 10 minutes shorter. Very funny overall.

96
Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You love clever, whimsical, funny, brilliantly crafted musical theatre from the genius Tim Minchin.

Don't see it if You hated "Matilda."

70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Great staging, Bad score

See it if you want to see some terrific stage craft wizardry and an outstanding performance by Andy Karl! But that's where it ends...

Don't see it if you want an memorable score or a show that's should be 30 minutes shorter. There's way too much extraneous stuff in an overly long show

85
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you loved the movie because you will be blown away by how brilliant Andy Karl is in a role you thought no one could play but Bill Murray!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals even in a story which is more meaningful than most.

87
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like creative staging with great energy, are a fan of the film or want to see an outstanding performance by Andy Karl.

Don't see it if you want a serious drama, are looking for something deeply thought-provoking or don't like musicals adapted from films.

87
Delightful, Romantic, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you want to have a really great time at the theatre with hilarious jokes and staging tricks galore

Don't see it if you just want to see the movie again

Also I enjoyed this score much more than Matilda's. I was very pleasantly s... Read more Read less

73
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you just want to be entertained . .. and obviously if you loved the movie. I expected less and was happily glad i saw it.

Don't see it if you are limited to how many shows you can see so you can see something else that is really fabulous

92
Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you want to be blown away by incredible performances, a thrilling set, impeccable direction, and a show with brilliant music and witty book

Don't see it if you are offended by crude language and sexual innuendo. Or if you just hate fun

87
Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great ensemble

See it if you want to see an amazing ensemble put on a funny and charming show. Some real magic happens up there.

Don't see it if you would get bored by the monotony of seeing the same day over and over again.

80
Funny, Clever, Romantic

See it if you can handle the super boring first act... it's worth it for the second...

Don't see it if you can't handle raunch...

94
Clever, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a clever, witty plot (similar to the movie but a fresh take) and lyrics, with strong ensemble performances.

Don't see it if you hated the movie; if you are easily offended by some off-color language.

92
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you liked the movie because you'll love the musical. Andy Karl is weatherman you hate to love but will love anyway. Great staging.

Don't see it if you don't like repetition because that is what this show is all about. Heck, go see it and have a great time!

90
Funny, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for an entertaining musical, or are a fan on Andy Karl.

Don't see it if you hate the movie.

Also The subject material is the type that could get very stale easily, but... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Very entertaining and light. Staging was creative and fun. Lyrics memorable. Acting great

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

Also This show makes you happy. No concentration required. Two understudies... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Dizzying, Quirky, Overrated, Great staging

See it if Andy Karl is your idea of a great leading man. He IS the show.

Don't see it if you like even well written pieces. The first act is slow, but the second act makes up for a lot

Also The song opening the second act sung by "Nancy" is one of the most poi... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You love the movie or just want to have a good time at a well-done, not-life-changing musical with great actors and fun music.

Don't see it if You are looking for a deep exploration of humanity or much more than was in the film. There is some darkness here, but it's handled lightly.

Also Despite the ads featuring a person in a groundhog suit, this is probab... Read more Read less

70
Absorbing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoyed the movie and want to see it re-imagined for stage.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie. You seek a Broadway show with huge dance numbers. You want something very very deep.

Also My performance had the understudy for the lead performing. I don't kno... Read more Read less

88
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of the movie, or are looking to just have a fun, carefree musical! This show is SO much fun!

Don't see it if you don't like the movie or can't stand watching the same scene multiple times

79
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You want to see a great performance by Andy Karl or like shows with great technical aspects. The whole cast is solid.

Don't see it if You want something deep or thought provoking or you didn't like the movie. It is a fun show, but it is fluff

86
Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoyed the movie! Was interesting to see how they were going to pull this off. I enjoyed it! Only need to see once.

Don't see it if you are looking for your typical musical. The lyrics for the show weren't very powerful, but still a fun show to see.

88
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Okay songs

See it if you like really funny, well acted shows with a little bit of magic or if you like the movie.

Don't see it if you don't like shows based on movies or the movie Groundhog Day or shows without a lot of memorable songs

94
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to have fun at the theater, ant to see a Broadway veteran in a star-making role, and just want to smile--for a lot of reasons.

Don't see it if You want angst, need depth in your musicals, or don't enjoy comedy.