“A masterclass in theme and variations, Minchin has managed the impossible”
“It’s Groundhog Day… again” says a confused Andy Karl as he takes to the stage as Phil in the musical version of Groundhog Day at the Old Vic. Of course, it takes on even more meaning when you consider that this the production’s triumphant return to the Old Vic six years after first premiering to unanimous appeal. While the show had a difficult time on Broadway, it seems to have landed firmly on its feet here at home.
For the uninitiated, the story follows local weatherman and all round awful guy Phil Conners (Karl) as he is forced to live the Groundhog Day festival over and over until he learns… to put it simply… how to live. Now you’ll no doubt be asking why, once more, another film property has been brought to the stage, yet within the course of two and half hours (or hundreds of years in Phil’s case), the production has gone above and beyond to justify its existence - managing to transcend its source material, even going as far as to completely break the mould for musical theatre in general.