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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
"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
"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
“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
"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
"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
"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 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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
See it if Cute well acted show with a lot of heart, humor and energy. Act 1 was a little slow, but Act 2 made it worth the wait.
Don't see it if Dislike musicals or unrealistic comedy. I never saw the movie as I was unimpressed with the premise, but I was pleasantly surprised.
See it if you can get a free ticket. Lots of filler scenes, too much going on at one time, no memorable music, several fun scenes, but not enough.
Don't see it if Your ears can't take the cacophony of overloud and raucous music; you hate scenes thrown in to extend length; you are not a musical fan.
See it if you want a retelling of the film's story, albeit needlessly musicalized, that retains much of the humor but none of the character developmnt
Don't see it if you're a huge fan of the film. [Faithful in story, but lacks the wit & edginess of the film.]; you can't abide a trite, forgettable score.
See it if You saw the movie -- or if you don't. Follows movie closely but adds the emotion of singing and staging. Very well done. Insist on Andy Karl
Don't see it if You're going to get exasperated by how long it takes the main character to change and be positive.
See it if you enjoyed the movie, are a fan of Andy Karl, like the repeating day theme, you want a light, fun time, want to smile and bring the family
Don't see it if You do not like the movie or repeating the day theme, want a musical with a more memorable score, want a more serious thought provoking show
Also We went with our young adult sons and had a great time as a family.
See it if you enjoy excellent staging, an entertaining story about a person who changes for the better.
Don't see it if you don't like comedy or unsophisticated lyrics. Some language too risqué for young children.
See it if I cynically want to hate anything derivative of Hollywood meant to please the masses, yet I was utterly charmed by this timeless fable --
Don't see it if maybe even spiritual journey -- of what to do with an infinite amount of time, proving that deep down, my tastes trend towards the low-brow.