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Life &Music simon on 04 May 2017 10:37 pm

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day
August Wilson Theatre

Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth: President; Rocco Landesman: President Emeritus; Paul Libin: Executive Vice President; Jack Viertel: Senior Vice President)
Produced by Whistle Pig, Columbia Live Stage, The Dodgers and Michael Watt
First performed in London on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at The Old Vic Theatre
Book by Danny Rubin; Music by Tim Minchin; Lyrics by Tim Minchin; Based on the film written by Danny Rubin; Music orchestrated by Christopher Nightingale; Additional music by Christopher Nightingale; Musical Director: David Holcenberg
Directed by Matthew Warchus; Choreographed by Peter Darling; Co - Choreographer: Ellen Kane; Additional Movement: Finn Caldwell
Scenic Design by Rob Howell; Costume Design by Rob Howell; Lighting Design by Hugh Vanstone; Sound Design by Simon Baker; Video Design by Andrzej Goulding; Hair and Wig Design by Campbell Young Associates
General Manager: Bespoke Theatricals; Company Manager: Kate Egan
Production Manager: Aurora Productions; Production Stage Manager: David Lober; Stage Manager: Michael Krug
Musical Supervisor: Christopher Nightingale
Illusions: Paul Kieve
Casting: Jim Carnahan Casting; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Advertising: AKA; Dance Captain: Camden Gonzales
Cast
Andy Karl 
Phil Connors 
Barrett Doss 
Rita Hanson 
Heather Ayers 
Ensemble 
Kevin Bernard 
Ensemble 
Andrew Call 
Ensemble 
Gerard Canonico 
Ensemble 
Rheaume Crenshaw 
Ensemble 
Michael Fatica 
Ensemble 
Rebecca Faulkenberry 
Ensemble 
Katy Geraghty 
Broadway debut	Ensemble 
Taylor Iman Jones 
Broadway debut	Ensemble 
Tari Kelly 
Ensemble 
Josh Lamon 
Ensemble 
Raymond J. Lee 
Ensemble 
Joseph Medeiros 
Ensemble 
Sean Montgomery 
Ensemble 
William Parry 
Ensemble 
Jenna Rubaii 
Broadway debut	Ensemble 
John Sanders 
Ensemble 
Vishal Vaidya 
Broadway debut	Ensemble 
Travis Waldschmidt 
Ensemble 
Swings: Camden Gonzales, Jordan Grubb and Natalie WisdomOops! I haven’t posted in a while.

I thought I’d offer my thoughts on the Groundhog Day The Musical Broadway Original Cast Recording! I’ve listened to it a few times now so I think now’s a good time to do a mini-review :)

I’m already a massive fan of Tim Minchin, and some of the team that worked on my favourite musical, Matilda the Musical worked on this musical too so naturally I was already super excited!

Onto the (very brief!) review…

Just a note: I’ve skipped a few songs I don’t really have the words for.

Day One / Day Two / Day Three

I really dig this style of the music. The repetition is done so well. Hearing Phil become so confused by it all really sells it for me.

Stuck

This, along with Nobody Cares, is probably the funniest track of the musical. I think it is also the most Minchin-esque of the songs too.

Nobody Cares

I believe this song accompanies a car chase on stage. I really need to see this live!

One Day

The town sings about their hopes and aspirations, all things they could do tomorrow. The cleverness of this is that none of the townspeople actually get to have that tomorrow. It has finally also dawned on Phil that he’s never going to escape this loop, but it’s an entirely different proposition for himself.

If I Had My Time Again

This might be my favourite song of the musical. Rita sings about what she would do differently if she was able to do what Phil could do, and relive her days. Phil in turn sings about all the things he’s already done. I love the orchestrations (it doesn’t sound like a song directly from a musical and that’s great) and the lyrics is just vintage Minchin.

Seeing You

I first heard this song last year when Tim Minchin performed it with a few of the London cast at event. It was so beautiful! I knew I would love the rest of the music. I *love* the instrumental bit in the middle with all the different instruments in the orchestra, it’s just so nice to listen to. Hearing the full cast version is SO GOOD.

Tim Minchin’s knocked it out of the park again. Gosh, I can’t wait to see this musical live. Again, and again, and again, and again..

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