Breaking: Andy Karl to Star in Broadway-Bound GROUNDHOG DAY

Breaking: Andy Karl to Star in Broadway-Bound GROUNDHOG DAY

Just in via Baz Bamingoye of The Daily Mail, Andy Karl will star in GROUNDHOG DAY THE MUSICAL, in the role made famous by Bill Murray in the film of TV meteorologist Phil Connors.

Andy Karl has appeared in over eight Broadway shows. He received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Award nominations as Rocky Balboa in Rocky and Bruce Granit in On The Twentieth Century, and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Roundabout's revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz and Saturday Night. He is currently recurring as Sergeant Dodds in Law & Order: SVU. Films: The Silent Treatment (upcoming), And So It Goes, and Joyful Noise.

The Broadway-bound GROUNDHOG DAY musical will debut at the Old Vic Theatre as part of Matthew Warchus' first season at the helm.

As previously reported, GROUNDHOG DAY is slated for a 2017 bow on the Great White Way, with Warchus aiming for several more West End and Broadway transfers during his first couple of seasons with the Old Vic.

Warchus, with composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling, and designer Rob Howell -- four of the creators of the international musical sensation MATILDA, THE MUSICAL -- have joined forces with writer Danny Rubin to collaborate on a new musical based on the 1993 hit film GROUNDHOG DAY. GROUNDHOG DAY is the story of Phil Connors, an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, when sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, finds himself caught in a time loop where he is forced to repeat the same day again and again . . . and again.

Breaking: Andy Karl to Star in Broadway-Bound GROUNDHOG DAY
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Warchus described GROUNDHOG DAY as "a show full of intellect, integrity and wit, insight, humor -- and of course romance."

In addition to directing GROUNDHOG DAY, Warchus will helm three more shows in the Old Vic's 2015-16 season. Launching his tenure will be FUTURE CONDITIONAL by Tamsin Oglesby, starring Rob Brydon and a company of young performers and centering on Britain's education system.

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