Tim Minchin and Matthew Warchus Developing GROUNDHOG DAY Musical; Workshop Set for Spring 2014!
According to the Daily Mail, the composer/lyricist-director team is working with Danny Rubin, who wrote the original GROUNDHOG DAY screenplay, to bring the story to the stage.
"It has to be something in its own right, not just a carbon copy," Warchus told the Mail. "We'll be doing the first workshop in the spring. Tim and Danny have been working on it for a while. I'll decide where it should go - London or New York - once I see what kind of show it is."
The 1993 film, directed by Harold Ramis, starred Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. In case you aren't familiar with the plot, Murray plays a jaded weatherman forced to re-live one day of his life over and over again until he rediscovers his positive outlook on life.
Minchin has won worldwide acclaim as a leading composer, lyricist, comedian, actor and writer with four live comedy albums, five DVDs and numerous UK, US and Australian TV and radio credits. His smash-hit musical MATILDA THE MUSICAL won a record seven Olivier Awards. MATILDA is currently running in New York and London. He also recently starred in the UK arena tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.
Aside from his Tony-nominated direction of MATILDA, Warchus has helmed GHOST THE MUSICAL both on Broadway and in the West End, as well as Broadway's La Bete, The Norman Conquests Trilogy, God of Carnage -- for which he won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play -- Boeing-Boeing, the West End's Tell Me on a Sunday, and Broadway's Life (x) 3, Follies, True West and Art. He is also the book writer and lyricist for Lord of the Rings, which he directed in the West End.