World Premiere: The Old Vic, July 2016
BBC News: Review round-up
London Premiere website: http://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2016/groundhog-day/
Broadway: August Wilson Theatre (Previews March 16, 2017, opens in April 2017, closing 17 September 2017)
“Groundhog Day” musical will open in April 2017 at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway
Broadway website: http://groundhogdaymusical.com
London Revival 2023
The Old Vic (20 May 2023 – 19 August 2023)
Another hugely successful staging of this show, with a more simplified physical structure (which helps, rather than hinders, the production). The revolve has gone, and some set pieces emerge from upstage rather than from the wings. The car chase scene is a bit less fluid than the version on the revolve, but other than that, everything works really effectively.
The London and Broadway casts worked phenomenally hard to make the show flow seamlessly. It’s a triumph of ensemble work.
Broadway Teaser Trailer
Review: WhatsOnStage (August 2016)
Excerpts from the show – Broadway company
A new musical
Book: Danny Rubin
Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
Directed by: Matthew Warchus
Set & Costume Designer: Rob Howell
Lighting: Hugh Vanstone
Sound: Simon Baker
Choreographer: Peter Darling
Co-Choreographer: Ellen Kane
Additional Music & Musical Supervisor: Christopher Nightingale
Illusions: Paul Kieve
Additional Movement: Finn Caldwell
Video: Andrzej Goulding
Casting: David Grindrod CDG
London 2016 Production Photos
Gloriously simple (yet pretty complex to carry off), the set goes through a considerable number of configurations during the show, facilitated by a revolving stage. But this this no ordinary revolve.
It consists of 5 revolves in one (a Quintuple Revolve). By using the different revolves in combination (under control of AVW’s Impressario system) an actor or piece of set on one of the smaller revolves can be positioned anywhere within the area defined by the largest revolve, and can be tracked in a straight line across the stage space. A beautiful piece of design work!
Each act of the show opens with around 30 video screens hung at the front of the stage.
The back wall of the set is a huge LED video wall, and is used for firework effects and the sunrise at the end of the show, and on Broadway is used for a new sequence involving a fairground ride.
A car chase scene (following the bar scene) uses fluorescent-painted models under UV light for a particularly effective sequence shown as if from above.
During the first preview on Broadway on 16 March 2017, the revolve stopped working around 15-20 minutes into the show, leading to the cast continuing with an enhanced concert version of the show without most of the glorious set changes. Director Matthew Warchus appeared on stage to explain the way forward after a 20 minute delay while the crew attempted to get things running again.
Manufactured by Weldfab, using AVW Controls Impressario system to control it.