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"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
“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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
See it if you love the movie. It is very funny and well acted.
Don't see it if a strong score is necessary for you to enjoy theatre. The show gets a little tiring but is the whole point of the plot.
See it if you like the movie, comedies & excellent performances. Andy Karl is outstanding. The way they tell the story is very clever & fun.
Don't see it if you are a bore or have little imagination. Some of the gags are silly & a little over the top, but worth it for the story.
See it if You enjoyed the movie. Or you love great singing and acting. Andy Karl is amazing. You will want to see it over and over again.
Don't see it if You want to see something serious. This is light hearted but with a Nice message.
See it if you want a plot centered show with amazing music & great performances from the leads and the amazing ensemble. Tech nerds will love the set.
Don't see it if you don't like the film, or repetition humor doesn't suit you.
See it if you enjoyed the film. Andy Karl manages the task Bill Murray first achieved, in getting you (sorta) on the side of a genuinely awful person.
Don't see it if you didn't like the film (unless you love Andy Karl). It's pretty much the film set to music. When Karl moves on, the recast will be tricky.
See it if you like the movie or if you want to see Andy Karl give a stellar performance
Don't see it if you hated the movie, or if watching the same thing over and over sounds torturous to you
See it if You enjoyed the movie or really just want to see an entertaining show with good music, great singing, and a cute story.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy smiling through a musical or have a dislike of Groundhogs.
See it if You are an optimist that knows outlook can create positive change, & will enjoy a life lesson uniquely expressed in a quirky, fun, musical.
Don't see it if you believe people don't change, aren't at all interested in how this popular movie has been recreated for the stage, & don't like musicals!
See it if great staging, tour de force performance by Andy Karl,great singing...and where else can you see a groundhog playing percussion?...see it!
Don't see it if it's a bit long..three hours and a half,but its very entertaining and funny.
See it if you like musicals with marvelous production numbers, gorgeous special effects and delightful songs. The many repetitions are never boring.
Don't see it if sitting for 3 hours with one intermission is too much chair-time for you. Not that it felt long.
See it if It's a fun, pop-score musical with imaginative staging, an excellent cast and stand out performances by Andy Karl and Barrett Doss.
Don't see it if You're a curmudgeon who hates musicals. You dislike being entertained.
See it if You loved the movie, or like your comedy on the cynical side. It's not a carbon of the movie, and brings its own charm and punch.
Don't see it if You want a typical rom-com. This is a cynical, dark, off-beat...it's a matter of taste.
See it if you want to see a new musical, you want to see Andy Karl in a great role, you want to see some clever staging
Don't see it if you want to hear some great music, you are looking for a more in-depth story-line
See it if This is great for anyone who loved the movie. If you enjoy comedy and can suspend belief than you'll enjoy. Touching moments too.
Don't see it if You disliked the movie. Don't like musical comedies. Don't like musicals based on films. If mild crudness/cursing upsets you
See it if Great Ensemble Acting. Andy Karl is wonderful.
Don't see it if Story is a bit frenetic. I saw the movie when it came out & I really liked scenes with homeless man. Now, they're 30 second encounters.
See it if you are looking for simple, mindless afternoon's entertainment. Add points if Andy Carl, movie fan. Kudos for effects.
Don't see it if you are looking for something meaty, with a plot. Would have been better if a little shorter.
See it if You enjoy hilarious, well staged, slightly left-of-center musicals based on movies. MUCH better than it has any right to be.
Don't see it if You're looking for anything too serious or turned off by (comical) sequences involving suicide.
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.
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
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.
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.