This brand new musical to hit the London stage features music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and a book by Danny Rubin – but does it prove to be a hit or a miss?
The Guardian: ****Michael Billington wrote: “The result is fantastically smart, clever and witty, but I have to say it left my heart untouched.”
The Stage: ***** Mark Shenton was enthusiastic about the production saying: “Unlike Phil Connors, I’d happily have the night reprise itself on an endless loop.”
The Telegraph: ***** Dominic Cavendish was also thrilled with the way in which the production turned out commenting: “Groundhog Day is as funny and as touching as you could wish, and it lands with the confidence of an instant classic.”
WhatsOnStage: ***** Sarah Crompton called it: “a magnificent work that sends everyone out into the night cheering – and just a little wiser.”
Time Out: **** “Minchin is definitely better at words and tunes than choruses, but it serves the musical fantastically – his lyrics are very clever and very funny, albeit a bit more earnest than we’re used to.”
The Sun: “The songs are witty, the sets colourful and pretty and the all-round talented cast is marshalled with great style and precision by director Matthew Warchus.”
West End Whingers: “it’s frequently laugh out loud hilarious and gets even funnier as the show progresses.”
London Theatre.co.uk: ***** “a full-blooded new musical that completely earns its place on its stage.”
Evening Standard: ***** Henry Hitchings wrote: “Eloquent about despair but also relentlessly amusing, Groundhog Day is a treat.”
Huffington Post: “The transition from screen to stage is so rewarding I’m hoping this beta test version will be given a chance to shine on a bigger stage either in the West End or Broadway.”
New York Times: “It is cool (as in hip) and warm (as in cuddly); it is spiky and sentimental. And it transforms its perceived weaknesses into strengths in ways that should disarm even veteran musical-haters.”
Lime Light Magazine: ***** “Like the subject matter, Groundhog Day is a show I could sit through again… and again… and again…”
Hollywood Reporter: “Warchus, Minchin and Rubin have neither ruined nor reinvented a classic modern fairy tale, but they have given it a fresh coat of paint and a lusty new spring in its step.”
Groundhog Day plays again and again at the Old Vic Theatre until the 17th September. To book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Last Minute.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, UK Tickets.co.uk and Theatre People.com.