Groundhog Day The Musical is playing at the August Wilson Theatre located at 245 West 52nd Street. It runs two hours forty minutes with one intermission. The show is opened ended.
The musical premiere at The Old Vic in London, England. It opened on August 16, 2016.
It was based on the 1993 film.
Rob Howell is the set and scenic designer. He won a Tony Award for Matilda the Musical (Scenic Design) and was nominated for a Tony Award (Costume Design) in 2016. Rob was also nominated for three other Tony Awards for Ghost the Musical (2012 Scenic Design), The Norman Conquests (2009 Scenic Design) and Boeing-Boeing (2008 Costume design).
Andy Karl was nominated for three Drama Desk Awards for On the Twentieth Century (2015), Rocky (2014) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2013). He won a Laurence Olivier Award in 2017 for Best Actor in a musical for Groundhog Day.
Phil Connors (Andy Karl) is a television weatherman. He is a little pompous in his attitude. They are constantly redoing his takes.
Groundhog Day is coming up and they send him and a crew to cover it by van. His crew is made up of assistant producer Rita Hanson (Barrett Doss) and camera man Larry (Vishal Vaida). The town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania always celebrates the day. Phil is not thrilled about it. They spend the night at a bread and breakfast.
The ground sees his shadow.
When the event is over they eat in a diner in town. They are told by the police there is a blizzard and all roads leaving are closed.
Phil goes back to his bread and breakfast place. When he wakes up at 6 a.m. the radio plays the same as it did the day before. The events are like the day before. He is the only one that this is happening to. Every day is the same as before except for Phil. He does what he wants because he knows there will be no consequences. He hits on Rita, learns how to play the piano etc.
In Act two it’s more of him becoming a better person. Since he knows what is going to happen he tries to help make things go right.
This is a funny, enjoyable show. They only fault was I found it was to repetitive, maybe some days could be left out. Otherwise it is very good.
The set was incredible. The floor goes in a circle in two in different direction. They did have trouble with in in the beginning of the second act and had to stop the show for ten minutes. It is cute how town looks. When they move it around it’s the bed and breakfast location.
The stage screen before act one is like different televisions with Phil on it. The second act there is a picture of ground hog Phil and many different times.
Andy Karl was awesome in the role. Oh there was a groundhog playing drums. Wow what you can teach an animal. The rest of the cast does a great job over and over.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
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