Home / Arts & Life / Broadway’s ‘Groundhog Day’ Will Close Sept. 17

Broadway’s ‘Groundhog Day’ Will Close Sept. 17


Andy Karl as Phil Connors in “Groundhog Day.” The musical will close on Sept. 17.

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

“Groundhog Day,” the ambitious stage adaptation of the popular 1993 film, will close on Sept. 17, the producers said Tuesday.

The musical won some strong reviews, but was not universally beloved, and failed to find a large enough audience to support its running costs. Last week — a relatively strong week for the show because the film’s star, Bill Murray, attended twice, drawing news attention — the show grossed $703,896, about 54 percent of its potential.

The show, from the creative team behind “Matilda,” arrived with a burst of drama, when the star, Andy Karl, tore his A.C.L. just before opening night. He powered through the opening, impressing many with his determination and fortitude.

The show, which began previews March 16 and opened April 17, was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including best new musical, but won none.

At the time of its closing, it will have played 32 previews and 176 regular performances.

The musical, directed by Matthew Warchus, features music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and a book by Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the film. The musical is produced by Whistle Pig, Dodger Theatricals, and Columbia Live Stage. “Groundhog Day” cost up to $17.5 million to capitalize; much of that money will be lost.

The producers said they plan a national tour, starting next year, as well as a new London production. The show began its life in London, where it won the Olivier Award for best new musical.

Continue reading the main story

About admin

Check Also

Biden Seeks More Control Over USPS With New Appointments