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Tim Minchin working on stage version of Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Story by Jack Foley

COMEDIAN Tim Minchin has revealed that he is working on a musical adaptation of the film Groundhog Day.

Danny Rubin, who wrote the film script, is also on board, as is director Matthew Warchus, with whom Minchin wrote the music and lyrics for West End hit Matilda.

Minchin revealed the news on his blog saying: “Our version of Groundhog Day is going to be both instantly recognisable and utterly different.”

The film version, released in 1993, is now widely considered to be a comedy classic and stars Bill Murray as a grumpy weatherman who is sent to a small town to do a weather report only to become stuck in a time loop that forces him to live the same day over and over until he learns how to be a better person.

Explaining his decision to adapt the film into a stage format, Minchin said: “The central conceit is perfectly suited to the theatre… 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.

“It’s certainly not an easy job, and I’m truly honoured – and genuinely excited – that Danny is letting me have a crack at it.”

Minchin hopes that Groundhog Day would be ready for its stage debut in a couple of years but did not reveal where, although London may be an obvious choice given how much success he has previously enjoyed in the West End.

His Matilda has been playing at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End since October 2011, winning seven Laurence Olivier awards. It has also transferred to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre [in April 2013] where it has also won four Tony Awards last year from 12 nominations.

Minchin recently filmed his role as rock star Atticus Fetch for the sixth series of US TV comedy drama Californication.