Groundhog Day The Musical begins sold out previews

The Australian company of GWB Entertainment’s Groundhog Day The Musical will welcome their first audiences this week at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.

Direct from its record-breaking return season at London’s Old Vic, the production will play an exclusive 13-week season in Melbourne with sold out preview performances from tonight, ahead of the Australian Premiere on Thursday 1 February.

Groundhog Day the Musical is described as a gloriously, joyful and heart-warming production from the award-winning minds of Australia’s Tim Minchin AM, writer of the iconic 1993 film Danny Rubin and director Matthew Warchus.

Melbourne is only the third city worldwide to host the musical comedy in which weatherman Phil Connors is trapped inside one day on endless repeat. This first-ever Australian production of Groundhog Day The Musical will be exclusive to the Princess Theatre.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos said it is set to attract visitors from far and wide to the nation’s theatre capital – providing a boost to local businesses and jobs.

“We can’t wait for Australian audiences to fall in love with this hit show and everything on offer in Melbourne over summer,” he said.

Leading the cast is Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated star Andy Karl. Acclaimed for originating the role of Phil Connors at London’s Old Vic and reprising it on Broadway, Karl brings his unmissable performance to the Melbourne stage. Critics in London and New York have hailed Karl’s performance as “bewitching” (The Guardian UK), “suburb” (Financial Times) and “outrageously inventive” (The New York Times).

Andy Karl said he is grateful the Melbourne production is welcoming him back to the role of Phil Connors.

“It’s always such a joy to join a new production and watch everyone’s talent be put to work with comedy and heart.,” he said.

“I love that moment when everyone discovers how special Groundhog Day is, I watch the lightbulb go off in everybody’s head and that makes me very happy. It’s very unique and I’m lucky to live this show over and over… and over.

“I can’t wait to perform with this tremendous Australian Cast.”

Joining international star Andy Karl is Elise McCann as the quick-witted and kind-hearted television producer Rita Hanson.

Completing the company are 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.

Groundhog Day The Musical is a Whistle Pig production, produced in Australia by GWB Entertainment, supported by Victoria’s Tourism and Major Event fund, Visit Victoria.

Groundhog Day The Musical was originally produced in partnership with The Old Vic.

The Melbourne exclusive season of Groundhog Day The Musical will play at the Princess Theatre from
January 24, 2024.

Tickets are available now at Ticketek.

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