'Groundhog Day' Musical Loses Producer Scott Rudin

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'Groundhog Day'

"The more it evolved, the more it felt that there was no way for me to do what I like to do," said Rudin. "It's a great show, and I'm sure it will be a big hit."

Punxsutawney Phil is set to hit the stage — without Scott Rudin.

The noted producer has dropped out of a new stage adaptation of the 1993 Bill Murray-Andie MacDowell comedy, according to The New York Times.

Rudin — who will already produce revivals of Hello, Dolly! and The Front Page this Broadway season — leaves the production before it begins performances at the Old Vic Theater in London, running from July 15 through Sept. 17. The show is set to bow on Broadway next January.

"The production in New York is going to be a transfer of the London production, which is not how we had originally conceived the project when I joined it," Rudin wrote in a statement to the Times. "The more it evolved, the more it felt that there was no way for me to do what I like to do, so I asked to withdraw. Not every ideal show happens in the ideal circumstances for everyone involved. I wish them well with it. It’s a great show, and I’m sure it will be a big hit."

The new musical reunites much of the key creative team from Matilda, the acclaimed musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel, which has been a hit on both sides of the Atlantic: director Matthew Warchus, composer-lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell. The book is by Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the Columbia Pictures film's screenplay with director Harold Ramis, based on Rubin's story.

The plot follows the mind-bending experience of misanthropic Pittsburgh TV weatherman Phil Connors, disgruntled at being sent to small-town Pennsylvania to cover the annual Groundhog Day event. When a blizzard prevents his return to the city, he gets caught in a time loop, replaying the same day over and over until he softens his cynical demeanor, befriending and helping everyone he meets over the course of the day.

David Rooney contributed to this report.

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