April 3, 2015


Are You Ready for 'Groundhog Day' to Become a Broadway Musical?

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Columbia Pictures/Getty Images

The 2014 death of actor/writer/director Harold Ramis kicked off a new wave of appreciation for his 1993 masterpiece Groundhog Day, which never really lacked for appreciation in the first place. But now we're going to a new level: the Bill Murray movie about a bizarre rodent-based holiday on endless repeat is becoming a Broadway musical.

The production "is slated to arrive in 2017, thanks to four creators of the hit Matilda the Musical—director Matthew Warchus, composer Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling and set and costume design by Rob Howell," Billboard writes.

The book will be handled by Danny Rubin, Ramis' cowriter on the film. Previews are set to kick off in January 2017, which is way too far away. When rumors of the project surfaced back in 2014, Minchin, an Australian musical comedian, wrote that the stage version would ideally be "both instantly recognizable, and utterly different" as well as "complex, dark, visually fascinating, and thematically rich, whilst still being a joyous romantic comedy with cool tunes and lots of gags." 

Once Groundhog Day inevitably becomes a sweeping success, there are only two directions to go: more Bill Murray movies as Broadway musicals (Caddyshack? Ghostbusters? Space Jam?!) or more Roald Dahl novels getting the Matilda treatment (The Witches? The BFG, right after it gets its Spielberg big-screen version?). Or Fantastic Mr. Fox, which counts as both.