Tim Minchin performs song from Groundhog Day

You’d be forgiven for thinking there’s new theatre production opening in London this summer – something to do with a boy wizard.

But actually you’d be wrong. Because there’s also a new musical based on a beloved film: Tim Minchin is turning Groundhog Day into a musical which will have its world premiere at The Old Vic in August.

At the Sky Arts South Bank Show Awards Minchin gave the audience a preview of one of the show’s big songs, Seeing You.

Groundhog Day is the story of Phil Connors, a cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman who is sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in the isolated small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, when he finds himself caught in a time loop, forced to repeat the same day again and again…and again. As each day plays out exactly the same as before, Phil becomes increasingly despondent, but is there a lesson to be learnt through his experiences, will he ever unlock the secret and break the cycle?

The new musical is created by the team behind hit musical Matilda – Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus, composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell ­- alongside writer Danny Rubin.

Groundhog Day opens at The Old Vic on August 16 and is due to transfer to Broadway next year.

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