Review Round Up: Groundhog Day, Old Vic Theatre

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 ***** “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:, Discount, Last, Theatre Tickets, Love, UK and Theatre


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