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Carlyss Peer to Fall for Andy Karl in London's GROUNDHOG DAY Premiere

Phil Connors has found his Rita! Andy Karl will woo newcomer Carlyss Peer in the Old Vic's world premiere of GROUNDHOG DAY, a new musical directed by Old Vic Artistic Director Matthew Warchus, according to a report by The Daily Mail.

Peer will take on the role of TV producer Rita, who was portrayed by Andie MacDowell in the 1993 film. The will-they, won't-they couple will also be joined onstage by Eugene McCoy (West End's JERSEY BOYS) as cameraman Larry.

GROUNDHOG DAY is the story of Phil Connors (Andy Karl), a cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman who is sent to cover the annual GROUNDHOG DAY event in the isolated small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, when he finds himself caught in a time loop, forced to repeat the same day again and again...and again. As each day plays out exactly the same as before Phil becomes increasingly despondent, but is there a lesson to be learnt through his experiences, will he ever unlock the secret and break the cycle?

Director Matthew Warchus, composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell, four of the creators of the international sensation Matilda The Musical, have joined forces with writer Danny Rubin to collaborate on this new musical based on his 1993 hit film.

Peer, who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, has appeared onstage in JEFFERSON'S GARDEN at the Watford Palace Theatre, HAMLET and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the Globe, THE RIVALS at Theatre Royal Bath and Theatre Royal Haymarket, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES at Salisbury Playhouse and more. Among her TV credits are HOLBY CITY and DOCTORS.

GROUNDHOG DAY will play a strictly limited 10-week season from Monday 11 July - Saturday 17 September 2016.

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