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Groundhog Day opens at the Old Vic

The Matthew Warchus helmed musical has opened in London to a string of five-star reviews.

The show, featuring songs by Tim Minchin, has been adapted for the stage by Danny Rubin.  It tells the story of a grumpy TV weatherman who gets stuck in a time loop.

For The Telegraph Dominic Cavendish wrote: “A much-loved…Hollywood film has made a triumphant theatrical rebirth – in a show that looks, on first viewing, equal to, and perhaps better than, the movie.”

Mark Shenton for The Stage described the show as “infinitely playful yet darkly serious”.

Andy Karl (Phil Connors) and cast in Groundhog Day at The Old Vic

Sarah Crompton (WhatsonStage) called Groundhog Day “a cast-iron triumph”.

Ann Treneman for The Times said the musical was “so much fun that it should be illegal.”

Henry Hitchings awarded five stars in the Evening Standard: “This adaptation has its own dizzying brand of joy, as well as elements of real darkness.”

The show is directed by Matthew Warchus, with additional movement by Finn Caldwell and sound design by Simon Baker.

Groundhog Day – at the Old Vic until 17 Sept

 

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