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With a show that has won the Olivier award for best musical in the UK and had very positive reviews upon it opening on Broadway, and a composer who did very well indeed with the music and lyrics of Matilda, probably I was set up to be somewhat disappointed. The album started well with a lively overture and a great opening chorus, There Will Be Sun. One problem with the repetition of the story is that it lent itself to repetition in the music. The second act of the CD was much better than the first, a comment that I would apply to the Matilda CD too. Here the romantic relationship that develops between Rita and Phil results in some very nice songs and sequences. Whereas I like the music of Groundhog Day less than the Matilda music, a significant feature of this CD, as with Matilda, is some marvelously entertaining lyrics. There were lines in almost every one of these songs that made me smile or laugh. Despite some disappointment, it does not stop me from recommending that anyone who enjoyed the Matilda CD should certainly buy this CD and make their own comparisons. Check it out!
Masterworks Broadway, in partnership with Broadway Records, is proud to announce the release of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Groundhog Day. Based on the iconic film, Groundhog Day is re-imagined by the award-winning creators of the international hit Matilda The Musical, including songwriter Tim Minchin and director Matthew Warchus, with a book by original film screenwriter Danny Rubin. Starring two-time Tony Award nominee Andy Karl, Groundhog Day is the new musical comedy about living life to the fullest one day at a time. Meet Phil Connors, a disgruntled big-city weatherman mysteriously stuck in small-town America reliving the same day over and over and over again with no consequences, no regrets, no tomorrows and no hangovers. But once he starts getting to know associate TV producer Rita Hanson, he discovers it’s a day of second, third and fourth chances. The 1993 Columbia Pictures film, with a screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, starred Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Now widely regarded as a contemporary classic, Groundhog Day was cited by the Writers Guild of America as one of the 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written.The new musical comedy stars Andy Karl as Phil Connors, reprising his Olivier nominated performance from the show’s award-winning West End production in London, with newcomer Barrett Doss as Rita Hanson and a stellar ensemble cast.The creative/design team for Groundhog Day includes Christopher Nightingale (orchestrator and musical supervisor), David Holcenberg (music director), Simon Baker (sound designer) and Rob Howell (set and costume design).
Groundhog Day The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Review
Both the show and the album are excellent, with a variety of musical styles and yet with the definite fingerprints of Tim Minchin. Be aware that while Tim Minchin also wrote the words and music to Matilda on Broadway, this soundtrack is more Tim Minchin and thus may not be appropriate for young children. I would recommend listening to it first to assess your level of comfort with the lyrics. One word on the format: The CD version is apparently "made on demand" (CD-R) which it was not originally. I do wonder why a made-on-demand CD does not have Autorip to include in your Amazon library automatically. .. -Read Reviews-
The idea of another movie turned musical never excites me, though many of them have turned out well. As a big fan of Tim Minchin’s work as a comedic musician and his first success on Broadway with Matilda, I was excited for this show. The album has not let me down! The lyrics are witty and pointed, the story structure is tight and the repetition is established and then set in the background. Very catchy melodies keep bringing me back for repeated listens. If you’re on the fence about this one, hop down and enjoy!!
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