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Groundhog Day The Musical

From 70 critic and 1,569 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)

Theater Life

“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

This Week in New York Blog

"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." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

"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." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"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." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"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." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

“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.” Full Review

The New York Times

"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

The Clyde Fitch Report

"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


"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

The Hollywood Reporter

"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


"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

Front Row Center

"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


"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Bob's Theater Blog

"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

The Wrap

"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


"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

Chicago Tribune

"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


"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!" Full Review


"'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.” Full Review

Musical Theater Review

"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." Full Review

Labor Press

"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." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"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." Full Review

Out Magazine

"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." Full Review

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if Even if you didn't like the movie. You like a fun, energetic score and an incredible use of a stage. The show has so much heart.

Don't see it if You don't like hearing lyrics or music repeated multiple times.

Clever, Funny, Great staging, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a fun musical. Great music and a story that slyly teaches a lesson.

Don't see it if You want to see a fun musical. Great music and a story that slyly teaches a lesson.

Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Great fun shoe tht everyone can enjoy, just as good if not better than the movie

Don't see it if Even my mom liked it and she hates everything

Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if If you enjoyed the movie and if you could imagine it having large spectacle numbers in it.

Don't see it if If you did not enjoy the movie or do not like musicals.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like comedy and light hearted musicals

Don't see it if you dont want to see repetitive songs

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You enjoyed the movie

Don't see it if No reason not to see this

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if’re looking for something as visually entertaining as it is musically entertaining.

Don't see it if don't like fun.

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want to see a musical that has everything: breath taking sets, catchy songs sung by top vocalists, comedy, drama and romance.

Don't see it if Ignore what you may have read and see it before it closes. This show has something for everyone.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you loved the movie "Groundhog Day", you love Andy Karl (he's absolutely amazing), you love funny, adult humor and great staging and acting.

Don't see it if You can't abide to hear adult language on stage. You hated the movie "Groundhog Day". You don't like fun.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like great staging, you're a fan of andy karl

Don't see it if ...dont know yet


See it if the best.

Don't see it if must watch!

Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Fun, Original

See it if You want to see one of the most enjoyable plays to date! The entire cast shines day after day after day after day...😜

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see it! So much fun!

Great staging, Hilarious, Must see, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you enjoy musicals / theater. Truly. This show is for everyone.

Don't see it if You want to miss out on one of the greatest and most underrated shows of the season.

Entertaining, Dizzying, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

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.

Funny, Clever, Must see, Intelligent, Romantic

See it if If you enjoy a show that brings a new light to Broadway shows. It repeats most scenes in a unique way. The brilliant Andy Karl is a bonus.

Don't see it if If you dont like Groundhogs.

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you want to see some outstanding staging, and theatrical tricks. Very funny and entertaining show.

Don't see it if you don't like comedies or are looking for a very memorable score.

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You want to laugh and enjoy a great show,excellent humor, good timing and witty lyrics and book

Don't see it if If you are expecting sing and dance numbers to remember: it's not a dolly thing

Andy karl's brilliant performance, Enchanting, Great staging, Resonant, Must see

See it if If you love a witty Tim Minchin score, brilliant staging, and are a huge fan of Andy Karl.

Don't see it if If you get frustrated by repetitiveness then this isn't the show for you.

Also Groundhog Day is surprising fresh and extremely entertaining. Andy Kar... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Clever, Ambitious, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if You love really original musicals with a fabulous score, great acting, and a refreshing plot.

Don't see it if You don't like enchanting, unique musicals.

Must see, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if brilliant staging, clever lyrics and insightful story, meaningful musical, great singing, wonderful illusions, totally worth it.

Don't see it if even if you don't like comedy or the movie itself, see it and it might be surprised.

Also The only one show that I saw twice and I would be more than happy to s... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if Don't even think of comparing it to the movie. Clever staging and effects. Andy Karl deserves a Tony. Glad he got an Olivier.

Don't see it if You have a poor sense of humor and take everything seriously. Comparing this production to the movie is a disservice as this is better.

Also If you are not a fan of Bill Murray, Andy Karl will not disappoint. Be... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you love the actors/actresses in particular Andy Karl and Barrett Doss, time loop stories, fan of the film, and love dark humour

Don't see it if you don't like cursing, dark humour, or can handle stories containing suicide

Also Tim Minchin's repetitious score is AWESOME and fits well with the stor... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Dizzying, Great staging

See it if You like great acting, witty dialogue, brilliant staging, clever lyrics and insightful story telling. One of the most exciting shows on now.

Don't see it if You are easily offended, hate the genius of Andy Karl and are just plain churlish.

Hilarious, Great staging, Must see, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you want to laugh! If you've seen the movie, added bonus. Actors were phenomenal and the music was delightful. Staging was seamless-Perfect!

Don't see it if You have young children, dislike musicals, or want a serious drama

Also Best thing I've seen since Dear Evan Hansen opened last year. A MUST S... Read more Read less

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