As previously reported by Playbill, Groundhog Day star Andy Karl sustained an injury onstage during the second act number “Philanthropy” during the April 14 performance. The show was stopped, and Karl pushed through the end of the show using a cane, visibly emotional through the curtain call.
He was rushed to the hospital for examination immediately following the performance.
According to an Instagram post by Karl:
“So, within 5 minutes of getting into the ER waiting room, the word ‘philanthropist’ was on the plaque in front of me and this clock fell off the wall and nearly hit me. Is it irony that I was doing the ‘philanthropy’ number when I fell? Or is it Karma for beating up clocks in the commercials? I’m home now and I have no broken bones but tweaked my knee after a poorly landed leap frog. Finishing the show for all the @groundhogdaybway fans and audience members was something I had to do. Thank you all for hanging in there. The last song ‘Seeing You’ was for you guys. Thank you for your support. I’m gonna get it looked at by a specialist before I go back on stage, but know I love this show and this company and everyone that supports me more than you’ll ever know. @orfeh [my wife] and I are overwhelmed by the concern & love you’ve shown us. #theshowmustgoon.”
A press representative for the show has confirmed that the April 15 matinee performance has been canceled. The show will resume preview performances for the 8PM curtain with Andrew Call, Karl’s understudy, in the lead role of Phil Connors. The production is still currently scheduled for its official opening night Monday, April 17. Refunds and exchanges at point of purchase.
Playbill will continue to provide updates as the story develops.