'Groundhog Day' Musical to Close on Broadway

Courtesy of Joan Marcus
'Groundhog Day The Musical'

An 18-month national tour is scheduled to begin next year.

The Groundhog Day musical will soon be free of its time loop.

The stage adaptation of the beloved 1993 movie will close on Broadway, with its final performance set for Sept. 17 at the August Wilson Theatre. It will have played 176 performances and 32 previews. Producers say an 18-month national tour has been scheduled to begin next year, and details of a return London engagement will be announced soon.

The onscreen comedy starred Bill Murray as Phil Connors, a misanthropic weatherman who gets caught in a time loop, replaying the same day over and over until he softens his cynical demeanor. The closure announcement comes just days after Murray attended two consecutive performances of the musical, starring Andy Karl in the lead role.

The Groundhog Day musical reunites much of the key creative team from Matilda: director Matthew Warchus, composer-lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell. Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the screenplay, penned the show's book. After a hit premiere run at London's Old Vic, the show opened on Broadway in April, despite Karl's major injury at the time. It earned seven Tony nominations but left the ceremony empty-handed, and its performance at the box office has steadily declined since opening.

Groundhog Day is produced by Whistle Pig, Columbia Live Stage, and The Dodgers, with Michael Watt.