Groundhog Day Opens on Broadway April 17 with Andy Karl Back in the Spotlight

Broadway News   Groundhog Day Opens on Broadway April 17 with Andy Karl Back in the Spotlight Karl sustained an injury in a recent preview performance, leading to understudy Andrew Call going on the following evening.
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Andy Karl Joan Marcus

Groundhog Day, the new musical from Tim Minchin and Danny Rubin, will open April 17 at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street). Following an onstage injury during the April 14 preview, leading man Andy Karl will return to the role of Phil Connors for the Monday evening performance.

Karl, who recently won an Olivier Award for his performance in the London premiere of the show, injured his knee approximately two-thirds into the second act during the Friday evening performance. Following a hold, he finished the show using with a cane. The April 15 matinee was then canceled, and understudy Andrew Call went on that evening.

Read: GROUNDHOG DAY MATINEE CANCELED AFTER LEAD ACTOR ANDY KARL'S ONSTAGE INJURY

The Matthew Warchus-helmed production began performances March 16, though the majority of its first preview was presented in a concert format following technical difficulties.

Read: THE DETAILS BEHIND THAT FIRST PREVIEW OF GROUNDHOG DAY

Featuring a score by Tim Minchin, a book by Danny Rubin, and based on the 1993 film of the same name, Groundhog Day follows Phil Connors, a disgruntled weatherman stuck in small-town America who relives the same day over and over again. As he gets to know associate TV producer Rita Hanson (played by Barrett Doss) for the first time repeatedly, he realizes it’s an opportunity for second, third, and fourth chances.

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Rounding out the cast are Rebecca Faulkenberry, John Sanders, Andrew Call, Raymond J. Lee, Heather Ayers, Kevin Bernard, Gerard Canonico, Rheaume Crenshaw, Michael Fatica, Katy Geraghty, Camden Gonzales, Jordan Grubb, Taylor Iman Jones, Tari Kelly, Josh Lamon, Joseph Medeiros, Sean Montgomery, William Parry, Jenna Rubaii, Vishal Vaidya, Travis Waldschmidt, and Natalie Wisdom.

The production premiered last year at London's Old Vic. The musical’s Broadway bow is produced by Whistle Pig, Columbia Live Stage, and the Dodgers.

The creative team includes choreographer Peter Darling, co-choreographer Ellen Kane, set and costume designer Rob Howell, orchestrator and musical supervisor Christopher Nightingale, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone, and sound designer Simon Baker. David Holcenberg is the music director.

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