Groundhog Day the musical is in the works for Broadway
Watch it again and again and again...
Breaking the more traditional trajectory of a good story which usually sees Broadway shows being picked up by Hollywood and adapted for the big screen, is the announcement that the 1993 cult comedy film Groundhog Day is being reworked for the Broadway stage.
Dedicated fans of the film can feel confident that the stage production is in safe hands with Danny Ruben, writer of the original screenplay, in charge of lyrics and story and the formidable musical comedian Tim Minchin, composing the music. Minchin, who is the lyricist and composer behind the Tony Award nominated stage adaptation of Matilda has spoken about the new project:
"Our version of Groundhog Day is going to be both instantly recognizable, and utterly different," Minchin said. "The central conceit is perfectly suited to the theater, in my opinion. In fact, I think many of its ideas could be enhanced by the stage. It has the potential to be complex, dark, visually fascinating, and thematically rich, whilst still being a joyous romantic comedy with cool tunes and lots of gags.”
The story of Groundhog Day is centred around TV weatherman Phil (played by Bill Murray) who is reluctantly sent to cover the story of a weather forecasting 'rat' for the fourth year in a row. Making no effort to hide his frustration, he covers the story and moves on, expecting his job to be finished. However, he awakes the "following" day and discovers that it's Groundhog Day again, and the fun happens again and again and again. He soon realises he must take advantage of the strange situation in order to secure the love of his co-worker.
Casting for the stage production has not yet been announced but Bill Murray certainly has left big shoes to fill...