Musical comedian Tim Minchin is premiering his sophomore musical “Groundhog Day” this Thursday at the August Wilson Theatre. This time, his musical talents and comedy skills will play with a straight comedy stage production, with the Broadway adaptation of the iconic comedy movie.
The Broadway show will have its formal opening night Monday, April 17th and the Cast Recording will be released digitally on April 14th or in hard copy on May 5th. Also joining them is two-time Tony nominee Andy Karl (“Rocky the Musical”, “Legally Blonde”) to take on Bill Murray’s disgruntled anchorman.
Minchin’s first run at Broadway, “Matilda the Musical” really was a full-on hit. The musical won a Tony and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Like Roald Dahl’s Matilda, “Groundhog Day” is a tested and true favorite that has been beloved since its release in 1993. If “Groundhog Day”, a classic comedy, also enjoys some success, that opens a floodgate of other remakes.
In addition to this new career as a playwright, Minchin is a very successful touring comedian. The idea of musical comedians, like Garfunkel & Oates or Bo Burnham or any number of talented performers, collaborating with playwrights to give old favorites new life is extremely exciting.
Until opening night, general rush tickets are available for $39.95 at a maximum of two per buyer for purchase at the August Wilson Theatre. Additionally, a limited number of tickets per performance will be sold to winners of a digital lottery drawing. Tickets are $39.50 and limited to two per person. Seat locations will vary, and sometimes may be partial view. For details and entrance to the digital lottery, visit www.GroundhogDayMusical.com/lottery
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