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Friday, January 23

Andy Karl to star in Warchus and Minchin's Groundhog Day at the Old Vic

Updated 29th January:  according to Baz in today's Mail Andy Karl will star in GROUNDHOG DAY THE MUSICAL, in the role made famous by Bill Murray in the film of TV meteorologist Phil Connors.

He has appeared in over eight Broadway shows. He received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Award nominations as Rocky Balboa in Rocky and Bruce Granit in On The Twentieth Century, and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Roundabout's revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz and Saturday Night. He is currently recurring as Sergeant Dodds in Law & Order: SVU. Films: The Silent Treatment (upcoming), And So It Goes, and Joyful Noise.

Updated 21st April:  it is now confirmed that  Groundhog Day will premiere at the Old Vic with a ten-week run opening in June 2016 (exact dates tba). It will be directed by Matthew Warchus with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, it features choreography by their Matilda collaborator Peter Darling and a book by Danny Rubin.

Groundhog Day has had three workshops, with Karl  not participating in any of them, but apparently  his series of auditions were ‘stunning’.

The plan is that  it will  debut at the Old Vic Theatre as part of Matthew Warchus' first season at the helm. It is  slated for a 2017 bow on the Great White Way, with Warchus aiming for several more West End and Broadway transfers during his first couple of seasons with the Old Vic.

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