Already closed | 2h 35m | Midtown W

Groundhog Day The Musical

From 1,584 member  reviews
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. More…

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.

2h 35m | Already closed | August Wilson Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1584)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Delightful
82
Avg Score

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.

Also Andy Karl is undeniably charming, but he (and the musical) completely ... Read more Read less

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

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.

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.

Also I did not see the movie so I can't compare the two shows. I was told b... Read more Read less

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.

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 .

95
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Must see

See it if you like musicals but think you're turned off by the dated/prosaic source material. This show gets everything people love about B'way right.

Don't see it if life-affirming stories aren't to your taste

Also I didn't expect much going into GHD but was so impressed by how well-e... Read more Read less

82
Long set-up in act 1 really pays off in act 2, Busy stging, Less than brilliant sets, Andy karl charming

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.

Also I had read such wonderful things I felt I had to see it. I knew that A... Read more Read less

83
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like good Broadway musicals and great performances.

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

Also I never thought this show could top the movie. I can't say it was bett... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great staging, Overrated, Quirky

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

79
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if See this production if you loved the movie. Andy Karl and Barrett Doss were excellent in the lead roles.

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals and did not like the movie!

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

Also A couple of scenes could have been deleted (NOT the very clever car ch... Read more Read less

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.

89
Clever, Well-orchestrated set design with a few mesmerizing sleights, Humorous, Disappointing quality of musical lyrics, Slightly-raunchy/edgy

See it if willing to take a chance on a quirky new musical with lackluster lyrics too often. But it's well-orchestrated: set-design/crew is fantastic.

Don't see it if you need serious drama, are offended by suicide, sex, and cursing (all inserted with humor), lack imagination, or seeking catchy songs.

Also Sometimes, patience is a virtue needed even for Broadway shows. Ground... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You want to laugh-out-loud for almost 3 hours and marvel at the creativity of the staging and music.

Don't see it if You didn't like Groundhog Day the movie or you want something serious.

76
Enchanting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great music

See it if Whether or not you liked the movie. It's somewhat the same, but enough different to make you think again. And Tim Minchin does a great job.

Don't see it if It closes before you get a chance. WTF? Why is it closing so soon?

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

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.

79
Clever, Cliched, Delightful, Quirky, Funny

See it if you enjoyed the movie and are curious to see how they create the story live on stage. It's different, but different is good in this instance

Don't see it if you are looking for a Bill Murray/Andie MacDowell reunion or an EXACT replica of the film on stage. You will be disappointed.

Also I had been avoiding this musical (of a beloved film) like the plague. ... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Fun, Heroic performance, Entertaining, True to the film

See it if you love the movie and/or you want to celebrate Andy Karl's amazing performance, made moreso post-injury.

Don't see it if the movie was a turnoff.

Also I really enjoyed how the knee brace was used several times as a comic ... Read more Read less

72
Entertaining, Great staging, Funny, 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

85
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if Andy Karl.

Don't see it if Cannot handle a sardonic, romantic comedy (musical)

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

83
Delightful, Clever

See it if Adds to the film classic with sharp commentary on feminism (work vs love life), purpose in a consumerist world, and urban vs rural divide.

Don't see it if Independent black woman character who at times outshines the white male protagonist annoys you.

Also Ticket from online lottery for $44.50.

70
Funny, Disappointing, Fluffy, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of the film. You want a musical that is somewhere between "fluff" and "heavy." The show lives somewhere in-between.

Don't see it if You did not like the film. You are not a fan of Tim Minchin's previous scores.

Also This was a rather perplexing show. The thing I found most odd about th... Read more Read less

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

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.


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 an...
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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 enou...
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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 ric...
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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...
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