'Groundhog Day' to be relived (and relived) as Broadway musical

'Groundhog Day' to be relived (and relived) as Broadway musical
Andie MacDowell and Bill Murray in the 1993 movie 'Groundhog Day.' (Columbia Pictures / Columbia TriStar Home Video)

Punxsutawney Phil will look for his shadow on Broadway starting in 2017.

"Groundhog Day," the popular Bill Murray movie from 1993, will become a Broadway stage musical set to open in early 2017, producers have announced. The production will be directed by Matthew Warchus and will feature a book by the original co-screenwriter Danny Rubin and songs by Tim Minchin.


Scott Rudin is among the producers of the musical. An opening date of March 9, 2017 has been set.

The original movie, directed and co-written by the late Harold Ramis, follows a jaded TV weatherman (Bill Murray) who discovers that he is mysteriously reliving the same day -- Groundhog Day -- over and over again.

In the years since it was first released, the movie has attained a devoted following among fans as well as critics, some of whom have found philosophical and even religious undercurrents in the seemingly comical premise.

No casting has been announced for the new musical. Warchus and Minchin previously worked on the musical "Matilda," which opened in New York in 2013. A national touring production of "Matilda" is set to open at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in May.

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