By Tim Masters
Arts and entertainment correspondent
21 April 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Matilda director Matthew Warchus is the Old Vic’s new artistic director, taking over from Kevin Spacey
A new stage musical of Groundhog Day is to have its world premiere at the Old Vic in London next year.
Based on the 1993 comedy film with Bill Murray, the show will be directed by the Old Vic’s new boss Matthew Warchus.
Other plays in his inaugural season include Ibsen’s The Master Builder, starring Ralph Fiennes, and Pinter’s The Caretaker, with Timothy Spall.
Warchus is taking over from Kevin Spacey, the Old Vic’s artistic director for 11 years.
He said his first season – which also includes a stage adaptation of Dr Seuss’s The Lorax and a dance production of Jekyll and Hyde – reflected a “something for everyone” approach.
He aims to up the number productions per year through shorter runs, and hopes three or four will transfer to the West End or go direct to Broadway via a new partnership with big-name producers Scott Rudin and Sonia Friedman.
Groundhog Day reunites Warchus with three of the creative team behind the hit musical Matilda – composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling, and designer Rob Howell – who will work with the film’s co-writer Danny Rubin.
It tells the story of grumpy TV weatherman Phil Connors who is sent to the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and gets stuck in a time loop, having to live the same day over and over again.
In an interview with the BBC, Warchus described the show as “an intelligent mainstream Broadway classic” that was ideal for the Old Vic.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment