Confirmed: Groundhog Day heading to the stage in 2017

News Simon Brew 5 Apr 2015 - 14:13

The movie Groundhog Day will arrive on Broadway in early 2017, courtesy of the Matilda: The Musical team...

UPDATE: Just over a year since the story first landed, it's definite: Groundhog Day is heading to Broadway.

The stage musical of the film will reunite the Matilda team of Tim Minchin and director Matthew Warchus (who also directed the movie Pride). Also from the Matilda team is designer Rob Howell and choreographer Peter Darling. Danny Rubin, who penned the screenplay to the film, is writing the book.

Previews for the show will begin on January 23rd 2017, with the official opening currently planned for March 9th 2017. No casting has thus far been announced.

Here's our original story from January 2014.

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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