Tim Minchin adapting Groundhog Day for the stage

News Simon Brew 14 Jan 2014 - 14:13

The movie Groundhog Day is to become a stage musical, courtesy of Mr Tim Minchin....

There's no shortage of hit films that have been making the transfer to theatre over the past years, and there's no shortage of further movie adaptations for the stage in the works too. Most of which fizzle out quickly enough, but here's one that's got us really interested: a stage musical version of Groundhog Day.

Wait! Come back! Whilst on the surface the idea could be horrifying, consider this: Tim Minchin is behind it. The same brilliant Tim Minchin who worked such wonders with the stage take on Roald Dahl's Matilda.

The musical adaptation of Groundhog Day also has on board the film's original writer, Danny Rubin (who wrote a fascinating book on how his original movie script changed during production). Matthew Warchus, who directed the stage version of Matilda, is also involved.

Minchin announced the news on his blog, noting that "our version of Groundhog Day is going to be both instantly recognizable, and utterly different". His blog post is here.

The plan is to workshop the project around the summer time, with the aim of getting it to the stage "within a couple of years". Don't expect further news just yet then, but we'll keep you posted....

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See, now I feel like a bit of a hypocrite - as in other posts I've gone all "Boo, rehash" and "Get an original idea" and all that. Then I read this article and thought "ooh that might be good, I love both Groundhog Day and Tim Minchin, so I'd go see that".

Dammit.

Anything Tim Minchin is involved with is good with me!

It helps that it's a different medium...

The Doris Stokes of Reboots, if you will.

The musical features 26 song-and-dance numbers, every single one of which is "I Got You Babe"...

I'd go and see this even if that were true. I love that film.

Aren't most peoples lives like Groundhog Day, get up goto work, come home have dinner goto bed blah blah blah, rinse and repeat

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