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Weeks before it closes, I got a chance to catch up with Groundhog Day, The Musical.
[I'm tempted to simply repeat the above sentence 28 times but will fight the urge!]
I guess it makes no sense to question why there was an imperative to create a musical out of Groundhog Day, The Film which, in itself, is hardly worthy of such an effort. Unless, that is, you had Bill Murray to star -- again. Asking the question "why" seems churlish.
The show itself is actually pretty good. It's cute. It's fun. It features a tremendously winning performance from the tremendously winning Andy Karl who, truth be told, created a new Phil Connors that didn't have me longing for the iconic Bill Murray. That's quite a feat. And kudos to the super-talented Andy Karl for pulling it off.
If only it was shorter.
At 2:45 (with intermission), it is an hour longer than the movie, and you might say that the movie itself extended the »
- Jeff Cohen
The Groundhog Day musical is a joyful experience about one huge jerk. As Bill Murray’s take on the same character does in the Harold Ramis film classic, Phil eventually learns his lessons, but this stage adaptation from director Matthew Warchus, playwright Danny Rubin, and composer Tim Minchin turn his cantankerousness up a couple of notches before […]
The post ‘Groundhog Day: The Musical’ Review: A Splendid, High-Spirited Retelling of a Classic appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
On Tuesday, the 66-year-old comedian went back in time — taking in a performance of Groundhog Day, the Broadway musical based on his hit 1993 movie about a cranky TV weatherman who gets stuck in a time warp while covering the Groundhog Day ceremonies in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and is forced to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.
It was Murray’s first time seeing the musical, which was nominated for seven 2017 Tony awards and took home London’s Olivier Award for Best Musical. And according to reports from The New York Times, »
- Dave Quinn
Emma Rice: ShakespearesGlobe/ YouTube
Emma Rice is wasting no time setting up her new theater company, Wise Children. According to BBC News, the Globe’s exiting artistic director has unveiled plans to launch Wise Children at London’s Old Vic. Rice called The Old Vic “the perfect first home for my company and for our first production.”
Scheduled during the Vic’s 2018–2019 season, the company’s inaugural production will be a stage adaptation of its namesake, Angela Carter’s 1991 novel “Wise Children.” Carter’s book tells the story of twin chorus girls Dora and Nora and their encounters with another eccentric theater family.
“I named my new company after Angela Carter’s seminal novel, which is set in south London and is a love letter to theater,” Rice explained. “It makes total narrative and thrilling sense to start the Wise Children journey at The Old Vic.”
“Emma and all she stands for is symbolic of the optimism and irrepressible spirit that has kept The Old Vic at the forefront of artistic adventure for the last two centuries,” Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus commented.
Wise Children, which Rice announced a few weeks ago, will receive funding from Arts Council England for its 2018–2022 lineup. In addition to staging productions at the Vic, the company plans to tour nationally and abroad. The company has also made a commitment to promote inclusivity in the theater via Emma Rice’s School for Wise Children, a training and apprenticeship program.
While Rice is obviously busy organizing and planning Wise Children’s official debut, she will still serve as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe until April 2018. Rice began her tenure at the Globe in April 2016; news of her planned exit broke in October 2016. Reportedly, Rice decided to leave after she and the Globe’s board clashed over the presence of technology in her plays. Many Globe execs feel strongly that — in order to preserve the authenticity of the original Globe — artificial lights and other effects should be avoided as much as possible.
This April, Rice wrote an open letter that suggested her issues with the Board ran much deeper than artistic differences over technology. “I chose to leave because, as important and beloved as the Globe is to me, the Board did not love and respect me back,” she explained. “Never think that my decision to step down in 2018 was simply about lights and sound. It was about personal trust and artistic freedom.”
Emma Rice to Establish New Theater Company at London’s Old Vic was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
While Hamilton dominated Broadway theater in 2016, this year's Tony nominations are more evenly distributed.
The 71st annual Tony Awards nominations were unveiled on Tuesday morning live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Announced by Jane Krakowski and Hamilton alum Christopher Jackson, the honorees were led by Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 with 12 nominations, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor for Josh Groban's role in the War and Peace-inspired story.
Dear Evan Hansen landed nine nominations, two of which were for Best Musical and Best Leading Actor (Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect). The stage adaptation of Groundhog Day and the 9/11 musical, Come From Away, rounded out the Best Musical noms.
Need an antidote to the saccharine good-time, small-town vibe of “Come From Away”? You’ll find it in the inventive, acerbic, and thoroughly irreverent “Groundhog Day,” which opened Monday at the August Wilson Theatre. Original “Groundhog Day” screenwriter Danny Rubin, with much help from songwriter Tim Minchin and director Matthew Warchus, has successfully transferred his 1993 movie comedy to the musical stage; and in the process, taken even more swipes at the vapid, rodent-obsessed inhabitants of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Minchin and Warchus, being British and Australian, might have something to do with the show’s overall anti-Americana flair. They also bring a nice Dickensian. »
- Robert Hofler
Here at Et, we're obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of March 13 to March 19, this is what we’re most excited about:
Why We're Obsessed With 'Beauty and the Beast'
We are teetering at our desks, patiently waiting for the release of Disney's remake of Beauty and the Beast. The adaptation of the beloved fairy tale will take the "tale as old as time" back to the big screen on Friday. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens take the leads, with Watson showcasing her singing chops in the live-action film. "I think it's a really amazing moment in a Disney film. And I hope it speaks for itself," Josh Gad, who plays LeFou, told Et at the film's Los Angeles premiere. "I think that all of the characters, including Belle, have just come so much further than even the original."
Exclusive: 6 Things You Didn't Know About the Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast' Remake »
7 items from 2017
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