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

82%
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88%
Mixed
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Negative
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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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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

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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

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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The Washington Post
April 18th, 2017

"The stage tricks employed to get us through the elaborate plot are consistently amazing. And the evening’s star, Andy Karl, is unassailably polished and even downright intrepid...But this seriously overlong stage version is enveloped in a cloud of charmlessness that never fully lifts, and ultimately confers on the production a sense of frenzied mechanical blandness. Add to this the undistinguished score by Tim Minchin."
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Chicago Tribune
April 17th, 2017

"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."
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Los Angeles Times
April 18th, 2017

"'Groundhog Day' has the narrative makings of a successful musical comedy. So what’s gone wrong?—or should I say only half right?...Matthew Warchus finds clever theatrical solutions to deal with the inherently cinematic nature of the material...The fundamental problem with the show has to do with the monotony of musical storytelling...'Groundhog Day' is ultimately a vehicle for Karl’s virtuosity...Let’s hope fate eventually frees him up for a more satisfying musical."
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New York Daily News
April 17th, 2017

"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."
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AM New York
April 18th, 2017

"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."
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NY1
April 18th, 2017

"Under Warchus' inventive direction, the show moves at a seamless clip, yet the pacing on that busy set with its five turntables can seem frantic and redundant in spots, bordering on tedium...The performances are all fine...But this one belongs almost entirely to Andy Karl. He enters the ranks of Broadway's best leading men with warmth, charm and charisma to spare...As long as Karl remains front and center, the forecast for this 'Groundhog Day' looks pretty bright!"
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Theatermania
April 17th, 2017

"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."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 18th, 2017

"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."
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Talkin' Broadway
April 17th, 2017

"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."
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Broadway News
April 17th, 2017

"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."
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TheaterScene.net
May 6th, 2017

"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."
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Theatre is Easy
April 18th, 2017

"A brilliant creative team and an outstanding leading man make this musical version of the beloved ‘90s movie an experience you’ll be happy to repeat...Warchus’ staging is a marvel...It’s safe to say there’s no current Broadway cast having more fun than this one...The show works. It gives restless audience members plenty of razzmatazz, while drawing in the more pensive ones with its surprisingly complex critique of American culture and our search for meaning in the modern world."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 22nd, 2017

“Director Warchus knowingly creates rings of excitement, producing high-energy movement as the cast whirls and twirls…However, the repetition of Phil waking up each day to repeat the same 24 hours...wears thin and monotonous, added to by an overlong first act…The production heavily relies on one person, Andy Karl...Karl has that ability to take an unlikable character and emerge as the charming leading man he is; his vocal presence along with comic timing, amazing.”
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CurtainUp
April 27th, 2017

"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."
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Front Row Center
April 30th, 2017

"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."
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Stage Buddy
April 17th, 2017

"Its treatment of the source material is duly deferential and just different enough...True to Minchin’s stand-up background, his lyrics are clever and often Sondheimian in their rhyme scheme. Only one tune feels gratuitous and out-of-place...The book by original screenwriter Danny Rubin wisely doesn’t interfere much with the baroque construction of the film, but is punched up and updated unobtrusively...'Groundhog Day’s' a bright spot."
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Front Mezz Junkies
April 17th, 2017

"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."
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Exeunt Magazine
April 21st, 2017

“The surprise here isn’t that ‘Groundhog Day’ is good, or even how good it is. It’s how much Rubin, director Warchus, and composer and lyricist Minchin were able to mine from an existing story, making it richer and stronger in the process…Packs substance into each scene...That is some of the genius of Rubin’s reworking, which manages effortlessly to ask probing, personalizing questions of the narrative that were otherwise absent in the film.”
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New York Theater
April 23rd, 2017

"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."
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Broadway Blog
May 26th, 2017

"With vivacious energy, a lot of cockeyed optimistic humor, and a surprisingly poignant moment or two, 'Groundhog Day' pays out at least 70 percent on your big investment...The music is mostly forgettable...However, lyrically and conceptually Tim Minchin’s score strikes some interesting chords...Andy Karl steals the show...The musical is warm, funny, and quirky. It will make you giggle, perhaps shed a brief tear, and has some moments of delightful theatrical spectacle."
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Times Square Chronicles
April 24th, 2017

"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."
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The Clyde Fitch Report
April 17th, 2017

"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."
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Upstage-Downstage
April 24th, 2017

"A frenetic work that tries, with mixed success, to capture the elusive blend of darkish humor and redemption that made the movie a lasting pleasure...Rapid-fire action on a very busy multi-turntable set cannot cover up the clumsy crudeness of the enterprise...The character of Phil is so off-putting for so long, that his turnaround is a matter of too little, too late...The level of frat boy humor is simply not funny or clever or wry or ironic; it is simply unpleasant."
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B
April 17th, 2017

"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."
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The Huffington Post
April 17th, 2017

"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.'"
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The Wrap
April 17th, 2017

"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."
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W
April 25th, 2017

“Karl holds the piece together with unflagging charisma…Writer Danny Rubin maintains his hero’s dark disposition and wit, Rita’s resistance, and the loopy friendliness of townspeople...Now for the disappointing and unfortunately prevailing Column B...Songwriter Tim Minchin offers mostly tuneless numbers with prose that unsuccessfully fights to fit music. Though lyrics can be extremely clever, they don’t sing…The only person with developed personality traits is Connors."
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T
April 22nd, 2017

“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.”
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Newsday
April 17th, 2017

"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."
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The Stage (UK)
April 18th, 2017

"Tim Minchin’s musical is as hilarious as it is bracing. Matthew Warchus' production has only grown in vividness and confidence since its premiere at the Old Vic last summer...Warchus and his expert collaborators have brought a finely tuned balance of Broadway-scale polish and an English-infused ironic pathos to the show that makes its constant repetitions worth revisiting."
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Towleroad
April 18th, 2017

""An ambitious but disjointed new musical...If watching Karl bristle and turn his nose up at a fun-house parody of small-town America doesn’t sound like a great time to you, you may want to sit out act one—'Groundhog Day’s' perfectly enjoyable second half might even make more sense to you that way...Once the show lurches past its repetitive and busy setup, the pleasures of director Matthew Warchus’ imaginative staging are easier to appreciate."
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WNBC
April 17th, 2017

"'Groundhog Day' shares with 'Matilda' both an intriguing darkness and enough on-stage razzle-dazzle to seize your attention and hold it across two generally gut-busting acts...Director Warchus stages most scenes with vibrancy, particularly a car chase sequence...It’s marvelously good fun. As is, for the most part, all of 'Groundhog Day.' The musical is mostly consistent with the devilish humor in its cinematic predecessor, and Karl is a magnetic leading man.”
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Cabaret Scenes
May 19th, 2017

"A two-hour-and 45-minute musical of repetition, while often entertaining, can turn tiresome. There’s no doubt that 'Groundhog Day' belongs to tenacious Andy Karl...He is always on stage, tireless and committed...Tim Minchin adds a tuneful, if not memorable, score with sprightly lyrics...The downside is the lopsided timing. Act I tends to zoom ahead at full speed and Act II slows to a slog...The show belongs to Andy Karl, a charismatic singer/dancer/actor of the top level."
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T
May 14th, 2017

"A fabulous musical adaptation...Karl is a phenomenon as Connors...He is bursting with an infectious charisma and bewitching energy that envelops the audience from the very start and never lets go...He’s helped tremendously by an outstanding book that really understands the heart and soul of the film...The songs flow seamlessly into the story, with some brilliant surprises...Director Matthew Warchus never allows the show to get boring, despite so much repetition."
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M
April 25th, 2017

"Karl handles the intricacies of Minchin’s lyric-heavy, not-so-melodic score with impressive ease; moves with grace or comedic flair; and delivers comic lines with panache...Director Warchus and choreographer Darling have melded their company into an energized ensemble, ripping with high spirits through the ever-increasingly frantic and darker replays of the story...Unfortunately, the book is somewhat undermined by the cartoonish costuming and playing of minor roles."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
April 28th, 2017

"This expansive musical adaptation of the movie is more successful at flinging out technical fireworks than offering interesting characters...I could not rustle up more than mild curiosity about Phil and his love Rita. Karl and Doss play these two with good looks, considerable charm, and fine voices that beg for melodies that are simply not there...The play’s the thing, and so is the score, and for me, despite the excellent production they’ve been given, they were disappointing."
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Out Magazine
April 24th, 2017

"This would seem like an impossible project to musicalize, but they’ve managed it with humor and charm. The numbers are cleverly done, there’s lots of well-staged physical action and stagecraft...Act One is better than Act Two—the long-simmering romance becomes a bit strained—and there are a couple of songs by minor characters that don’t gel, but the show is novel and Karl is not only nervy, he’s a delightful leading man."
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NJ.com
April 18th, 2017

"That the musical held together—at least enough to make me eager to see it again once its lead actor is fully back to form—is a testament to Karl's star presence and to the enduring strength of the source material...Minchin's music is another matter, often feeling pasted into the proceedings as opposed to growing organically out of the moment...It's a sweet, charming and engaging show. Here's hoping it hangs around long enough to realize its full potential."
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StageZine
April 23rd, 2017

"A winning combination that keeps giving, and giving, and giving, and giving...Just like the clever spinning set by Rob Howell, Matthew Warchus keeps the story line spinning cleverly with so many brilliant touches. Suffice it to say it keeps up with the movie. The fireworks that burst from the stage are nothing more than the vibrant talents of Andy Karl. He is a one-man irresistible dynamo."
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BroadwaySelect
April 17th, 2017

"The new show occasionally augments but more often muddies what the movie did so well...Despite Minchin’s occasional triteness, he emerges as half a Sondheim. Like the master, his lyrics more often have an abundance of fresh images and cleverness...But...he doesn’t care a whit about finding perfect rhymes...Andy Karl gives a solid as Phil...'Groundhog Day' may be a disappointment to rabid fans of the film. Even in this guise, however, it can still inspire."
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Theatre Reviews by John Clum
April 20th, 2017

"The book is clever but the show depends more on visual magic than dialogue. Tim Minchin's lyrics are always witty. His best tunes are in the second act...Is there any other musical in which the second act is stronger than the first?...The first act seemed frenetic and heartless...The second act slows down enough for characters to establish themselves in solid songs...Until Act II it all seems as heartless as its central character. Clever, yes. Spectacular, yes. It's also a bit exhausting."
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LI Herald
April 30th, 2017

"Karl is a fine singer and performer. As his love interest, Rita (Barrett Doss), does a good job, especially since Phil is always our focal point. She’s got a lovely singing voice and is a solid performer...Director Matthew Warchus deftly moves his performers around so the audience gets the sense of repetition but not of boredom. The show is cleverly done...Tim Minchin's music is tuneful and some of the lyrics are extremely clever. However, a couple of songs don’t add much to the show."
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Peconic Public Broadcasting
April 18th, 2017

"The most confusing nonsensical musical I have ever seen...The first act is so dismal you may want to grab your hat at intermission. The second act, at least, is way better, in fact, much, much better than the first, so I guess you had better stick around to watch it. There is only one good reason to get tickets for this show which I would think would be readily available at TKTS, and that is to see and hear Barrett Doss."
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Labor Press
April 20th, 2017

"A wonderful experience...Matthew Warchus the director brings the show together to the delight of the audience...Andy Karl provides us with a Tony-worthy performance. He is absolutely brilliant and does it all which brings humanity to a difficult role...Mr. Karl’s stage presence and charisma carry the show...A fun evening but definitely keeping the show at an hour and a half would certainly be an enhancement."
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Paste Magazine
May 5th, 2017

“The real problem is translating the repetitive mechanism that drives the film…Rubin’s book delivers the film’s signature sarcasm but stumbles when it tries to make Phil’s love interest, Rita, a more feminist character…Compounding the problem is an utter lack of chemistry between her and Karl...Despite all its missteps and inadequacies ‘Groundhog Day,’ is easy to watch, with occasional flourishes of brilliance that remind us how much better the show could be.”
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T
May 20th, 2017

"A diverting evening in the theater featuring a terrific performance by Andy Karl...You won’t leave the theater humming the tunes or anxious to see it all again, but you will have enjoyed it...Despite the endless loop of repetition, the show offers some good performances and some respectable, if not highly creative, songs by Tim Minchin...Karl carries the show; he manages to make even the irascible Phil somehow sympathetic and likable."
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Parade
April 20th, 2017

"This smart and fast-paced show does the amazing feat of taking a beloved story and making it better...Karl brings an undercurrent of joy and energy to the enterprise...This fun, funny and colorful show is also complex. Composer and lyricist Tim Minchin brings a modern insight and smart, edgy sensibility to the story. The cleverness of the lyrics is a constant surprise...If there is justice and good taste in the world, 'Groundhog Day' will play forever."
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Village Voice
May 3rd, 2017

“Dutifully clamorous and often joyously funny…Karl, a superb physical comedian, performs the role as if he's never seen Bill Murray in the 1993 original…The show gets darker and more idiosyncratic as it goes, the ensemble faring better in the moments that don't risk inducing a sugar-rush freeze headache…The production is consistently inventive in its craft…The team that has crafted it honors what worked in Harold Ramis's original film while picking at its retrograde aspects.”
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Nerdist
April 17th, 2017

"A rollicking, bombastic adaptation...The playfulness and frivolity of the story are cranked up to 11 that doesn’t shy away from an equal measure of darkness and brutality...Not once does this show feel stale or repetitive even though it literally repeats the same day over and over and over again...You likely will not see another show this year that pulls off this much practical trickery this well...But for all the goodness the show accomplishes, it isn’t without some cringeworthy tendencies."
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Z
April 18th, 2017

"A winsome musical that’s a cut above the average movie-to-musical adaptation...It’s got heart, like Rubin's movie, but Minchin puts a new spin on the story with his clever use of musical recurrence...The musical and choreographic change-ups of these repeat Groundhog Days make the show. In fact, the initial scenes, which replicate a few too many punch lines from the movie, dim in comparison to the winking Broadway fun that follows...A funny and heartwarming, if occasionally uneven, musical."
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The New York Times
August 16th, 2016
For a previous production

"Who knew that déjà vu could smell this fresh all over again?...Guaranteed to have the skeptics waving white handkerchiefs long before its final curtain, while transforming Mr. Karl into the top-of-the-heap musical star he has long deserved to be...For the most part, this production manages to balance the sweet and the sour to charming, palate-tickling effect...I grinned pretty much all the way through 'Groundhog Day,' unexpectedly happy to be stuck with Phil in Punxsutawney."
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The Hollywood Reporter
August 16th, 2016
For a previous production

"Warchus consistently tweaks the material to make it more theatrical than cinematic...Minchin's songs are fizzy and jazzy, but not always up there with his sardonic, self-aware, verbally virtuosic best...That said, there are enough flashes of Minchin's musical and lyrical genius to save 'Groundhog Day' from sliding into middlebrow banality...They have neither ruined nor reinvented a classic modern fairy tale, but they have given it a fresh coat of paint and a lusty new spring in its step."
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Variety
August 17th, 2016
For a previous production

"What seemed, onscreen, like a slight fable about a TV weatherman stuck in a time-loop starts to look like a wise old classic. Even missing a take-home tune, the sort that sticks around for days, it’s the most cohesive musical in ages. Tim Minchin’s score is as smart as Matthew Warchus’ staging is witty...Clever as it is, 'Groundhog Day' works through feeling. Minchin’s music surges with sentiment and wins you round to its characters. Karl, in particular, is superb."
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Chicago Tribune
August 17th, 2016
For a previous production

"This version offers an invigorating new perspective on its clever, Capra-esque fable. It's harder-edged, dirtier and more acerbic...Minchin's score is a vigorous salute to Americana, mingling bluegrass, country, rock and folk...If, at heart, the show delivers an old-fashioned Dickensian homily, it does it with aplomb, and with a wicked glee all of its own. It's a brave and bracing reinvention of the movie that succeeds on its own terms; and it's highly intelligent entertainment."
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The Stage (UK)
August 16th, 2016
For a previous production

"Rubin, Minchin and Warchus set up the premise with daring bravado...That difficult balance of tone is finely established in composer Tim Minchin’s evocative and exhilarating score. It is at once supremely melodic, magical, haunting and hilarious. There are plenty of cheeky Minchin jokes throughout, but it’s a score that is attention-grabbing and delightful. The production and its wonderful ensemble cast keep you watching on the edge of your seat...An absolute musical triumph."
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The Guardian (UK)
August 16th, 2016
For a previous production

"Fantastically smart, clever and witty, but I have to say it left my heart untouched...It is genuinely funny...Minchin’s songs breezily add to the satire on small-town life...It’s a score that serves the plot perfectly, but it’s not exactly one you ache to hear again...While the show is high-grade fun, I enjoyed it more for its dazzling theatrical expertise than for its much thinner emotional content."
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The Telegraph (UK)
August 16th, 2016
For a previous production

"Sophisticated, smart and more adult in theme...'Groundhog Day' is as funny and as touching as you could wish, and it lands with the confidence of an instant classic...Minchin uses repetition and sustained notes as a means of deepening the levels of irony, every dab of a refrain contributing to the mood...Like the best stage farce, what starts slowly soon picks up speed. The lyrics are spry, ever alert to a gag, and there’s ample humor."
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Time Out London
August 16th, 2016
For a previous production

"'Groundhog Day' is unlikely to upset big fans of the film. It’s co-written with Danny Rubin and basically holds on to every incident and much of the dialogue from the movie...'Groundhog Day' is a musical about repetition. The songs aren’t repetitive though...Minchin is definitely better at words and tunes than choruses, but it serves the musical fantastically – his lyrics are very clever and very funny, albeit a bit more earnest than we’re used to."
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What's On Stage (UK)
August 16th, 2016
For a previous production

"A cast-iron triumph, both joyful and profound, incredibly funny and seriously moving...The brilliance of the structure lies in the way that the creative team have found infinite ways to create the film's equivalent of the jump cut, to move the story into different places and in unexpected ways, without ever losing its essential shape...Minchin might just be a genius. This is such an original and warm-hearted work...Broadway star Andy Karl is a revelation."
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The Independent (UK)
August 17th, 2016
For a previous production

"This hotly anticipated show turns out to be such a tonic that it's a pity you can't get a repeat prescription for it...Retunes our sense of the black hilarity and emotional depth of the central conceit...Matthew Warchus’s production is a miracle of stage-craft and technical coordination...Broadway star Andy Karl tackles the demanding central role with fantastic aplomb...It must be exhausting work but he makes the task of carrying the show look effortless."
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The Guardian (UK)
August 21st, 2016
For a previous production

"Andy Karl is strong in the role...He has the great help of Minchin’s lyrics, which are some of the best around: spry, disconcerting, acerbically rhymed, though over-amplification means they can’t always be heard...Yet for all the ingenuity, the core of the evening is cautious and familiar...The numbers sound as if they might have been put out by the local radio station...The difficulty is not so much that none of the tunes are memorable: not one is disturbing."
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The Huffington Post
August 16th, 2016
For a previous production

"'Groundhog Day' not only recrafts Bill Murray’s best film for the stage but enhances the source material...An actor who had to sing, dance, act, make the audience laugh and cry was a tall order, but Andy Karl managed it beautifully...'Groundhog Day' took the best moments of the movie and gave it as much of an emotional punch at The Old Vic...While elements of the movie are missing it scarcely mattered...I’m hoping this beta test version will be given a chance to shine on a bigger stage."
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