The film’s writer Danny Rubin is handling the book – or story for non-theatre types – while Minchin will be adding his choice lyrics and tunage to the project.
The 1993 film, which is 97 per cent positive on Rotten Tomatoes, stars Murray as a TV weatherman who’s a gem on camera but a bit of a bastard off it, especially to his co-workers. Then he gets caught in a hilarious time loop on assignment that changes his life.
Minchin writes on his website that while the musical version will be instantly recognisable, “it would be impossible to try to translate the style and tone of the movie to stage… and even if it were possible, it wouldn’t interest me.”
“Our version of Groundhog Day is going to be both instantly recognizable, and utterly different,” Minchin continues.
“The central conceit is perfectly suited to the theatre, in my opinion. In fact, I think many of its ideas could be enhanced by the stage. It has the potential to be complex, dark, visually fascinating, and thematically rich, whilst still being a joyous romantic comedy with cool tunes and lots of gags.”
Minchin’s been heavily decorated for his work, including Edinburgh Fringe best newcomer and a Helpmann Award for best comedy performer. He’s also performed his comedy songs, poetry and other cleverness with a symphony orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. Recently the gongs have come for Matilda (also a Broadway success), including an Olivier Award, and his performance in the arena version of Jesus Christ Superstar.
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