Read our five-star review of Groundhog Day, starring Andy Karl, now in performances at the Old Vic through 19 August.
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Andy Karl reprises his Olivier Award-winning performance as weatherman Phil Connors in the zany musical. Groundhog Day tickets are available on London Theatre now.
The Groundhog Day musical is based on the 1993 Groundhog Day film of the same name, and both feature a script by Danny Rubin. The musical follows Phil Connors, a television weatherman who reassures viewers on 1 February that a blizzard will not hit western Pennsylvania. That same evening, he's sent on an assignment and begrudgingly travels to Punxsutawney, a small town 90 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, to cover the “Groundhog Day” festivities.
Every year, an infamous groundhog — Punxsutawney Phil — "predicts" the weather. But in a turn of events, Phil Connors is stuck in his own time loop. In order to prevent being forced to relive 2 February over and over again, Phil must change the way he approaches life, and the world around him. Will Phil stop being a cynic?
In a 2016 Groundhog Day review for London Theatre, our critic said: "Andy Karl pulls off the impressive feat of giving its inevitability a high-stakes tension. He's understandably bewildered by what's happening to him; then he throws caution to the wind and starts to enjoy the playfulness that he can have in knowing what's coming up; and finally, through eventual acceptance, to a beautiful understanding of himself. Andy Karl and the entire show are both spellbinding."
Andy Karl reprises the role of Phil Connors for Groundhog Day in 2023. The Broadway actor first played the role in 2016, and again for the Broadway transfer, picking up an Olivier Award and a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.
Who wrote the Groundhog Day musical?
Danny Rubin wrote the Groundhog Day musical. Some of the West End’s finest creatives reunite to collaborate on the Groundhog Day musical. Director Matthew Warchus and musician and lyricist Tim Minchin work together for the first time since Matilda — both musicals won Best Musical at the Olivier Awards.
What is the Groundhog Day tradition?
The “groundhog day” tradition hails from North America. Every 2 February, a groundhog is said to come out of its hibernation to one of two results. If the groundhog does not see its shadow, then spring is said to begin. If the animal sees its shadow, the groundhog returns to its hole — superstition says this ushers six more weeks of wintry weather. However, if you’re living a “groundhog day,” this means you’re living repeated days in the same way.
Tickets to Groundhog Day are available now. Book your Groundhog Day tickets on London Theatre today.
Cast and creative
By: Danny Rubin
Music: Tim Minchin
Director: Matthew Warchus
Cast list: Andy Karl, Tanisha Spring, Ashlee Irish, Andrew Langtree, Eve Norris, Annie Wensak, Billy Nevers, Kamilla Fernandes, Aimée Fisher, Nick Hayes, Chris Jenkins, Ben Redfern, Mark Pearce, Durone Stokes, Jez Unwin, Jacqueline Hughes, Alex Stoll, Jasmin Colangelo, Kelly Ewins-Prouse, Zack Guest, Matthew Whennell-Clark
Set: Rob Howell
Costume: Rob Howell
Lighting: Hugh Vanstone
Sound: Simon Baker Choreography: Lizzi Gee
Latest Groundhog Day News & Features
The Olivier-winning musical returns to the Old Vic this summer. Andy Karl reprises the role of Pittsburgh weatherman Phil Connors who is caught in a time loop.
February 2 is a very important date in the 2023 theatrical calendar. Yes, it’s Groundhog Day! And with the musical inspired by this quirky holiday returning to London’s Old Vic shortly, we’ve got even more reason to celebrate than usual. Groundhog Day derives from Pennsylvania Dutch superstition (rooted in German tradition) that suggested if a badger came out of it its den on February 2 and cast a shadow, we would be looking at six more weeks of winter. The earliest recorded mention of Groundhog...