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'Groundhog Day' is the Latest Hollywood Classic Headed to Broadway

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | April 06, 2015

'Groundhog Day' is the Latest Hollywood Classic Headed to Broadway

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The movie that mandates you watch it in its entirety anytime it comes on TV will be a must-see Broadway attraction as Groundhog Day hits the stage in 2017.

The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney reports the 1993 classic featuring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell will get new life outside the near ubiquitous television broadcasts throughout the year.

We will all have to wait a couple of years before taking in a musical based on the Harold Ramis masterpiece that puts Phil Connors’ life on a never ending and hilarious loop.

The report states previews will begin on Jan. 23, 2017, with opening night coming a couple of months later on March 9.

Now there is certainly enough substance in the film to create a captivating stage adaptation, which we will assume features some of the unforgettable characters such as the annoying Ned Ryerson whose inability to take a hint should be at the forefront of one of the numbers.

Rooney does, however, offer a more tangible reason to be excited: “The project reunites much of the key creative team from "Matilda," the acclaimed musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel, which has been a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, grossing $117 million to date in its Broadway run.”

This is just the latest Hollywood film to head to Broadway. Previously we reported on "Pretty Woman," which celebrated an anniversary with news that Garry Marshall would helm a Broadway reboot.

Now before you consider a song about Phil’s ice sculpture or the magical feeling that comes with being able to eat everything for breakfast, there is the obvious note that the adaptation will be just that.

This isn’t a word-for-word retelling of the movie. Rooney points to a previous interview with composer-lyricist Tim Minchin on what we might expect: “Our version of Groundhog Day is going to be both instantly recognizable and utterly different.”

So the overall theme will be the same, namely that being stuck in a time loop would be horrible; then it would be amazing and then it would suck the very soul out of you for a few years. We think we got that right.

However, the pace, scenes and, possibly, plot will differ. If producers are able to glean half of the popularity the movie has garnered over the years, though, this should be a lucrative and long-lasting musical millions will enjoy.

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