Music Theatre International has acquired worldwide licensing rights to the stage musical adaptation of Groundhog Day. Featuring a score by Matilda songwriter Tim Minchin and a book by Danny Rubin, the musical played a brief Broadway run last season following a 2016 London world premiere at the Old Vic.
“Groundhog Day is now woven into the fabric of our culture and it has endured as an ever-current film. It succeeds as a musical because of its magical blend of humor and warmth,” said Drew Cohen, president and CEO of MTI. “Tim and Danny have built on the classic story to create a stage work perfectly suited for productions at all levels, complete with a variety of quality lead roles and a wonderfully utilized ensemble. Unlike Phil Connors, we look forward to Groundhog Day year round.”
The Broadway production of Groundhog Day opened in April 2017 and starred Olivier Award winner Andy Karl, who earned a Tony nomination for his performance as Phil Connors, a weatherman forced to relive Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on an endless loop.
The musical received eight 2017 Tony nominations, including Best Musical. It closed September 17, 2017, after playing 31 previews and 176 regular performances.
A revised version of the musical is expected to return to London with dates to be announced.
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