Groundhog Day, beginning performances tomorrow, March 16, at the August Wilson Theatre, has announced an April 14 digital release and a May 5 in-store release for its original Broadway cast recording. Presale for the album begins this Friday, March 17, on iTunes and Amazon. It is produced by Chris Nightingale, Michael Croiter, and Tim Minchin in collaboration with Masterworks Broadway and Broadway Records.
The Broadway musical has also announced new rush ticket policies. A limited number of $39.50 general rush tickets will be available at the August Wilson Theatre and can be purchased day-of when the box office opens (two tickets per person purchased with cash or credit cards). A limited number of $39.50 tickets will also be sold to winners of a digital lottery drawing here. Entrants will be notified of their status by noon the day before the performance, and tickets must be claimed and paid for online via a provided link no later than 10pm the day before the performance.
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).