Award-winning Broadway star joins Australian cast for Groundhog Day The Musical

The cast has been announced for the award-winning and record-breaking Groundhog Day The Musical which will have its Australian premiere in Melbourne early next year.

Direct from its record-breaking return season at London’s Old Vic, Groundhog Day The Musical will play exclusively at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, for a strictly limited season from January 24th, 2024.

After an extensive run of auditions, the cast of 22 performers will feature the best of home-grown talent alongside an out-and-out international star of the stage, promising an unmissable experience for audiences.

Andy Karl, will reprise his role as Phil Connors, the cynical TV weatherman. He played Phil in the original London production, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, reprising his role in the Broadway production where he was Tony Nominated for Best Actor in a Musical, and he played Phil again in London for Groundhog Day’s record-breaking return season at the Old Vic this year.

Opposite Andy Karl, playing the quick-witted and kind-hearted television producer Rita Hanson, is Helpmann award-winning performer Elise McCann who played Miss Honey in Matilda in the Australian production.

Completing the cast will be a company of Australian performers including Afua Adjei, Grant Almirall, Kaya Byrne, Kate Cole, Rachel Cole, Benjamin Colley, Andrew Coshan, Andrew Dunne, Madison Green, Matthew Hamilton, Matt Hourigan, Michael Lindner, Etuate Lutui, Conor Neylon, Ashleigh Rubenach, Jacob Steen, Connor Sweeney, Alison Whyte, Tim Wright and Kate Yaxley.

Composer and lyricist Tim Minchin said he  cannot wait to get down to Melbourne to meet the Groundhog Day The Musical cast.

“I’m especially excited by the news that Andy Karl will be joining the rest of the Australian cast, who are a brilliant bunch of people. Andy played Phil Connors in the original London production, for which he won an Olivier Award and then on Broadway for which he was Tony Nominated,” he said.

“Ever since the first iteration of Groundhog Day The Musical I’ve been convinced that Australia will love the mix of darkness and light, of head and heart, and complexity and joy in the production.”

Based on the 1993 hit film and from the creatives behind Matilda The Musical (on stage and film), the Tony nominated and Olivier Award-winning (Best New Musical, Best Actor) musical sensation took the US and UK by storm.

GWB Entertainment’s Richelle and Torben Brookman said the show follows hard on the heels of their recent and current productions of Death of a Salesman and A Christmas Carol.

“Everyone at GWB is super-excited to bring this dazzling theatrical adaptation of one of the world’s most loved movies to Melbourne’s beautiful Princess Theatre,” they said.

“Master-minded by theatrical genius Matthew Warchus, original screenwriter Danny Rubin and our very own Tim Minchin, this is hands-down one of the best ever movie- to-stage productions.

“To have Andy Karl, the originator of the role of Phil Connors, join us alongside Helpmann winner Elise McCann and a wonderful ensemble cast is fabulous icing on this theatrical cake.”

Tickets are available here and brand new tickets will go on sale this Thursday.

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