Groundhog Day The Musical
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Groundhog Day The Musical
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Groundhog Day The Musical NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(1589 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
9%
Negative
3%
Members say
Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Delightful

About the Show

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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746 Reviews | 124 Followers
92
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Romantic

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.

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
89
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Dizzying, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of the film or Andy Karl, who is terrific, curious to see how they convey the repetitious days while remaining fresh

Don't see it if you don't like musicals made from films, did not like the original film, don't like self-centered characters, want lots of dance

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
59
Banal, Overrated, Quirky, Ambitious, Mildly entertaining

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. Read more

657 Reviews | 101 Followers
79
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

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. Read more

471 Reviews | 74 Followers
79
Great staging, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you like light musicals that are brilliantly staged. Andy Karl is a gift from the theatre gods.

Don't see it if you like musicals that make you think and re-examine your life. This isn't Next to Normal, but it's fun .

Nic
447 Reviews | 86 Followers
84
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Banal, Fluffy

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.

432 Reviews | 127 Followers
69
Frenetic, Overlong, Great staging, Disappointing, Indulgent

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.

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
88
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great acting

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 Read more

Critic Reviews (70)

The New York Times
April 17th, 2017

"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."
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Time Out New York
April 17th, 2017

"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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 17th, 2017

"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."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 17th, 2017

"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."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 17th, 2017

"Wonderfully inventive...A giddy highlight of the current Broadway season...It takes Karl all of five minutes to win you over completely (resist as you might)...At times, 'Groundhog Day' feels more like a plate-spinning magic trick than a Broadway musical...Spectacle is fine, but none of it much matters if the basics of the show don’t work. Thankfully, they do...Manages to hold onto everything that made Ramis’ movie such a classic and adds songs bound to become nearly as memorable."
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Variety
April 17th, 2017

"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."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 18th, 2017

"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."
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Deadline
April 17th, 2017

"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. "
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