Stage Hog

Tim Minchin’s mu­si­cal set for re­peat shows

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red alert -

Hav­ing turned Roald Dahl’s Matilda into the best stage mu­si­cal in decades, Aus­tralian tunes whim­ster Tim Minchin’s next big stage project is a Ground­hog Day mu­si­cal, set to pre­miere on Broad­way in March 2017. Minchin, who has writ­ten the mu­sic and lyrics, has been work­ing on the mu­si­cal for over two years, and tells SFX that ac­tors have al­ready given the songs a thor­ough work­out. Three of his Matilda col­lab­o­ra­tors – direc­tor Matthew Warchus, chore­og­ra­pher Peter Dar­ling and set designer Rob How­ell – are also on board the project.

“Ground­hog Day is a tough ask,” he ad­mits of the un­usual source ma­te­rial, the high con­cept 1993 com­edy movie star­ring Bill Mur­ray. “What we’ve made is very in­ter­est­ing and very dense and very funny. And cer­tainly not a light fluffy night at the theatre. It gets dark. And it gets very ro­man­tic.”

It was the film’s re­demp­tive theme that re­ally fired his imag­i­na­tion: “This no­tion that wis­dom is get­ting to a point of no longer be­ing a nar­cis­sist and no longer as­pir­ing for more. The point where you sit there and re­alise that ev­ery­thing you need in life is in front of you if you know how to look at it right. And at the point you fig­ure that out you be­come love­able.

“I’ve loved mak­ing it. And of course I want peo­ple to come and see it and not pre­judge it and not bring too much bag­gage from the movie. But in the end you can only make some­thing that you’d want to see, and so far, I’ve made some­thing I’d re­ally like to see.”

Ground­hog Day: The Mu­si­cal will pre­miere on Broad­way on Thurs­day 9 March 2017.

It’s TBC on whether there’ll be a shower scene in this ver­sion…

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