Is A ‘Groundhog Day’ Musical In The Works? Yes. Is A ‘Groundhog Day’ Musical In The Works? Yes
“The award-winning composer of Matilda, Tim Minchin revealed on his blog that he is currently in the process of penning a Groundhog Day musical. According to Minchin, he will be writing the music and lyrics while the 1993 cult classic, directed by Harold Ramis and starring Bill Murray, will be adapted into a ‘book’ by its original writer, Danny Rubin.”
While there is no exact date set, Minchin hopes to hold a workshop this summer and have the musical ready in a few years.
In a semi-ironic twist, Bill Murray did a Reddit AMA yesterday. Someone asked him about Groundhog Day and he actually compared filming the movie to doing a live play.
Redditor: Every year my dad and I watch Groundhog Day together on Groundhog Day. It's one of my favorite movies of all time. What was it like filming the same scenes over, and over, and over?
Bill Murray: Well, that part was fine, the filming of the scenes over and over because you know that's what the story is. The scripts is one of the greatest conceptual scripts I've ever seen. It's a script that was so unique, so original, and yet it got not acclaim. To me it was no question that it was the greatest script of the year. To this day people are talking about it, but they forget no one paid any attention to it at the time. The execution of the script, there were great people in it. It was a difficult movie to shoot because we shot in winter outdoors. If you ever get to go to Puxatawney, you should go, it is one of the few things that is BETTER than advertised. It's really something to see. But doing the movie, shooting the scenes over and over, it's like an acting challenge. It's like doing a play and those same scenes over and over and again, so you can try to make it better or deeper or funnier than you made it previously.
Here is a suggestion for the opening scene to the musical even though nobody asked.
Me. Every day.
[via Baeble Music]