The Broadway cast of Groundhog Day heads to the recording studio this weekend to lay down tracks for their original Broadway cast album, to be released this spring. The musical, which begins performances on March 16 at the August Wilson Theatre in advance of an April 17 opening, partners with Masterworks Broadway and Broadway Records to produce the album.
Groundhog Day is inspired by the 1993 film that tells the story of Pittsburgh weatherman Phil Connors, who finds himself caught in a time loop that forces him to repeat the same day, Groundhog Day, over and over. It features a score by Matilda The Musical composer Tim Minchin, and is directed by Matlida's Matthew Warchus, with original screen writer Danny Rubin providing the book.
The cast is led by two-time Tony nominee Andy Karl (Rocky) as weatherman Phil Connors — the role he originated when the show opened last year at the Old Vic Theatre in London. Newcomer Barrett Doss (Burning at the New Group) will star opposite Karl as Rita Hanson.
The company also includes Rebecca Faulkenberry (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), John Sanders (Matilda), Andrew Call (Grease Live), Raymond J. Lee (Honeymoon in Vegas), Heather Ayers (Young Frankenstein), Kevin Bernard (Billy Elliot), Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening), Rheaume Crenshaw (Amazing Grace), Michael Fatica (She Loves Me), Katy Geraghty (Shrek), Camden Gonzales (Matilda), Jordan Grubb (Mary Poppins), Taylor Iman Jones (American Idiot), Tari Kelly (Something Rotten!), Josh Lamon (Finding Neverland), Joseph Medeiros (Matilda), Sean Montgomery (Matilda), William Parry (Sunday in the Park With George), Jenna Rubaii (American Idiot), Vishal Vaidya (1776 at Encores!), Travis Waldschmidt (Matilda), and Natalie Wisdom (Billy Elliot).
The cast album will be produced by Chris Nightingale, Tim Minchin, and Michael Croiter.
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