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Groundhog Day

Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful
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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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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.

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Reviews (657)

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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

Broadway News

"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

Time Out New York

"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


"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

The Huffington Post

"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

New York Theater

"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

Lighting & Sound America

"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

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

Talkin' Broadway

"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 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

The Wall Street Journal

"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

AM New York

"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

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

New York Magazine / Vulture

"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

New York Daily News

"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

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


"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

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


"'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

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

Front Mezz Junkies

"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


"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." Full Review

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Avg Score

Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you love a fun, catchy musical

Don't see it if you prefer a little more substance

Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if Enjoyable show. Serviceable score. Well performed.

Don't see it if Enjoyable show. Serviceable score. Well performed.

Funny, Delightful, Romantic, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy Andy Karl, repetition, occasional dark humor, and striking small-town fear into the eyes of a big-city person

Don't see it if you can't stand really annoying characters and songs (looking at you chorus), or a suicide montage set to music makes you uncomfortable

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Sweet

See it if You enjoy fun musicals with a talented cast; you saw the movie and loved it.

Don't see it if You just don't care for musicals; you find special effects silly.

Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if finds its own unique footing halfway through first act and takes off; great chemistry between Karl and Doss; inventively staged

Don't see it if Tracks with the movie so the only surprises are ballads for Nancy and Ned to serve as relief and plot devices

Clever, Humorous, Well-orchestrated set design with a few mesmerizing sleights, 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

Quirky, Cliched, Entertaining, Fun, Great singing

See it if You enjoyed the movie, you can sit through a cliche first act for a fairly moving second act, and you don't need to be profoundly moved

Don't see it if You dislike repetition, are triggered by suicide, or go to musicals just for the choreography.

Also Andy Karl was out when I saw the show, but besides being a little flat... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Dizzying, Entertaining, 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

Phil connors: "how do i get out of this mess?"

See it if you're a fan of Andy Karl or strong leading men in amusing roles. On stage most of the time, he has talent, charisma, stamina, & great legs

Don't see it if you expect more than a diverting rehash of the movie provided by a likeable cast of professionals, but no memorable songs/dances.

Also Andy Karl manages to make the character of Phil Connors likeable even ... Read more Read less

Clever, Dizzying, Resonant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy Tim Minchin's witty writing combined with stellar stagecraft performed by a great cast. Or if you just think Andy Karl is hot.

Don't see it if you can't enjoy dark humor (i.e. suicide, depression and misogyny) mixed with campy musical theater (again and again and again).

Clever, Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Andy karl

See it if You want to be one of the 1st kids on your block to be able to see you saw the next great smash it musical on Broadway. And Andy Karl!!

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor, no ear for clever lyrics, didn't like the movie, don't think anyone can top Bill Murray, don't like to laugh.

Also Went in w/ a "prove it" attitude. The movie Groundhog Day with Bill Mu... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great writing, Entertaining, Witty, Great staging

See it if you enjoy witty dialogue and lyrics. you want to see Andy Karl shine in a brilliant performance. you are looking for light entertainment

Don't see it if you are super attached to the movie. you are looking for a deep, meaningful show, or show-stopping big numbers. you dislike repetition

Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Cute, Sexist

See it if 1. You want to see the most amazing performance by Andy Karl! 2. You want to see inventive scenic elements - that cost a fortune!

Don't see it if You are bothered by a media personality who feels entitled to harass women at work - and there are no consequences.

Clever, Dizzying, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to see what will surely be the Tony-winning set design; if you like Andy Karl/Tim Minchin; Andy really is AMAZING in this.

Don't see it if you don't like your musicals with a bit of irreverence and bite; this is sly & clever but somewhat light. Totally enjoyable, not very deep.

Funny, Clever, Dizzying, Quirky, Riveting

See it if you want to see a truly clever riff on a beloved movie; if you want to see the funniest drunken car chase in Broadway musical history

Don't see it if you don't like musicals where a whole lot of everything is happening pretty much all the time; if you want to see a Bill Murray impression

Ambitious, Delightful, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you like the premise of deciding how to live your best life told with wit and humor and fun staging. Bit of darkness. Great lead actor.

Don't see it if dislike film to stage.Ugh:pink and blue people, lack of Sonny/Cher. Peeve: Fix Western PA accent! It's not Fargo(Mrs. Lancaster) or US South

Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see stagecraft brilliantly used to enhance a story. Andy Karl plays the laughs beautifully.

Don't see it if You want to hear a great score. Not one song was as good as the staging or performances.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like clever/creative staging, an amusing yet touching story, and to just plain have fun!

Don't see it if You like dramatic and serious musicals, don't want to see depictions of suicide on the stage.

Clever, Indulgent, Great staging, Perfectly fine

See it if you want a fun musical.

Don't see it if you want an outstanding musical.

Also there's no reason for this to be a musical. But the central story is s... Read more Read less

Delightful, Refreshing, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You want to have a fun time. The show was hilarious and surprisingly moving.

Don't see it if You want it to be as fast-paced as the movie. It's inevitable since it's a musical adaptation.

Also I guess don't see if you don't like repitition, but it's kinda the poi... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you like the movie, a funny show!! love how the stage rotates-a lot to see, Andy Karl is absolutely fantastic!

Don't see it if if you don't like the movie, the story is very predictable...

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if If you like a fun, charming musical that is inventively staged.

Don't see it if You don't like stage versions of movies or a few gratuitous bad words.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Andy Karl. He's great.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of showy spectacles with lots of effects of dance breaks.

Clever, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if a great leading man performance with a clever book that takes you on a journey to a meaningful ending

Don't see it if you're looking for mindless entertainment

Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You're a fan of new musicals and star making turns. Also see if you love Andy Karl

Don't see it if You're looking for memorable music or show stopping numbers.