Raymond J Lee, Rheaume Crenshaw, Andrew Call and Vishal Vaidya at GROUNDHOG DAY

The Broadway premiere of Groundhog Day, the new musical featuring music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and a book by Danny Rubin, and directed by Matthew Warchus, is currently in previews and will open on Monday, April 17th at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street). Previews began Thursday, March 16.

Andy Karl and cast. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Andy Karl and cast. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Meet Phil Connors (Andy Karl), a disgruntled big-city weatherman mysteriously stuck in small-town America reliving the same day over and over and over again-with no consequences, no regrets, no tomorrows, and no hangovers. But once he starts getting to know associate TV producer Rita Hanson (Barrett Doss), he discovers it’s a day of second, third and fourth chances.

Andy Karl. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Andy Karl. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The Groundhog Day ensemble cast features Rebecca Faulkenberry (Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, Rock of Ages), John Sanders (Matilda, Peter and the Starcatcher), Andrew Call (Found, American Idiot), Raymond J. Lee (Honeymoon in Vegas, Anything Goes), Heather Ayers (Young Frankenstein, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), Kevin Bernard (Billy Elliot, Curtains), Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening, American Idiot), Rheaume Crenshaw (Amazing Grace, Alternating Currents), Michael Fatica (She Loves Me, Newsies), Katy Geraghty (Shrek, A Christmas Carol regionally), Camden Gonzales (Matilda The Musical Toronto / National Tour), Jordan Grubb (Mary Poppins National Tour), Taylor Iman Jones (American Idiot National Tour), Tari Kelly (Something Rotten!, Anything Goes), Josh Lamon (Finding Neverland, Hair), Joseph Medeiros (Matilda, Doctor Zhivago, Wicked), Sean Montgomery (Matilda The Musical, White Christmas National Tour), William Parry(Sunday in the Park with George, Passion), Jenna Rubaii (National Tours of American Idiot and Saturday Night Fever), Vishal Vaidya (1776 at Encores!, The Secret Garden at Shakespeare Theatre Company), Travis Waldschmidt (Matilda The Musical, Wicked), and Natalie Wisdom (Billy Elliot, Matilda The Musical National Tour).

Director Matthew Warchus, composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling, co-choreographer Ellen Kane, set and costume designer Rob Howell, orchestrator and musical supervisor Christopher Nightingale, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone and Sound Designer Simon Baker, many of the creators of the international sensation Matilda The Musical, have joined forces with writer Danny Rubin to collaborate on this new stage musical of the hit 1993 film based on Rubin’s story.

Andy Karl. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Andy Karl. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The production’s creative team is completed by Paul Kieve (illusions), Finn Caldwell (additional movement), Andrzej Goulding (video designer), Campbell Young Associates (hair and wig design) and Jim Carnahan (casting).

Andy Karl and Barrett Doss. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Andy Karl and Barrett Doss. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The 1993 Columbia Pictures film, with a screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, based on a story by Rubin, and directed by Ramis, starred Bill Murray. Now widely regarded as a contemporary classic, Groundhog Day was cited by the Writers Guild of America as one of the 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written and in 2000 was voted by readers of Total Film as one of the ten best comedies of all time.

Groundhog Day was first performed at The Old Vic in London on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Barrett Doss and Cast. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Barrett Doss and Cast. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Pre-sales for Groundhog Day‘s Original Broadway Cast Recording, soon to be available on Masterworks Broadway/Broadway Records kicked off on March 17 on iTunes and Amazon. The album will released digitally on April 14 and in stores on May 5. It is produced by Chris Nightingale, Michael Croiter, and Tim Minchin.

Vishal Vaidya, Rheaume Crenshaw, Andrew Call and Ray Lee backstage at GROUNDHOG DAY at the August Wilson Theatre in New York on April 5, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang
Vishal Vaidya, Rheaume Crenshaw, Andrew Call and Ray Lee backstage at GROUNDHOG DAY at the August Wilson Theatre in New York on April 5, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

A limited number of $39.50 general rush tickets will be available at the August Wilson Theatre and can be purchased day of when the box office opens. There is a limit of two tickets per customer. Tickets are non-transferable, subject to availability. Seat locations will vary, and sometimes may be partial view. Cash or credit cards will be accepted for rush tickets.

Additionally, a limited number of tickets per performance will be sold to winners of a digital lottery drawing. Tickets are $39.50 and limited to two per person. Seat locations will vary, and sometimes may be partial view. For details and entrance to the digital lottery, visit www.GroundhogDayMusical.com/lottery. Entrants will be notified of their status by 12:00pm the day prior to the performance. Tickets must be claimed and paid for online via a provided link no later than 10:00pm the day prior to the performance.

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Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits
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Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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