Post by jamescrispy94 on Oct 19, 2016 16:30:40 GMT
So if it wasn't official before, it now is. Opening at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway, previews from March 16, opening night April 17, 2017 and starring Andy Karl reprising his role of Phil Connors from The Old Vic production.
As great as the London production was, I wonder if there will be any changes made. I was watching this episode of TheatreTalk and they say that some American producers who saw the Old Vic run and did not agree with the great reviews (skip to about 15 mins 40 seconds in).
I've said it before, but no I don't think this will be received as well on Broadway. In London we suffer from a dearth of new (and especially original) musicals that haven't been done before in New York. That made Groundhog Day exciting. It isn't the case in New York, where it's very rare that a new musical transfers from London TO New York. Broadway sees a number of new musicals each year that haven't been done anywhere else. They're also used to musicals like Hamilton and Fun Home that are far more daring and risk-taking than something like Groundhog Day and manage to pull it off.
That said, it's not a bad show and it is enjoyable. I don't for one minute think this will be badly received on Broadway. I'm just not convinced we'll be seeing the 5* raves and I think the people predicting it to sweep the Tonys are being ridiculous, especially considering that this year seems to be a great one for new musicals that have already been received well by American critics.
Post by talkstageytome on Oct 19, 2016 20:51:52 GMT
I kind of agree. It does seem a bit safe, and may very well be up against some tough competition. But the excitement of a new Tim Minchin musical will attract audiences in I should imagine, given the popularity of Matilda. And Andy Karl has a much bigger fanbase in the US too. Plus I'm sure whoever they get for Rita at least will be an exciting Broadway name, I'm personally excited to see who they cast as they'll be featuring on the cast album (which I CANNOT wait for!!). It's a great musical and I'm sure it'll be received very well, but I don't know if it'll necessarily make such a big impact over there.
Love the new artwork though. Simple but effective. Like the font a lot.
Post by jamescrispy94 on Oct 19, 2016 23:41:28 GMT
For what it's worth, my guess is that the curly R's are where the capital R would be, so at the start of Rubin's name and within GROUNDHOG as it's the title of the main thing where it probably would be capital anyway. It just happens to be the only letter that has a noticeable difference between upper case and lower case (even though the lower case is capitals making it difficult to tell the two apart)
Having said that, I've no idea why the second O is filled in Groundhog but not the first.