NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — For the past couple of years, local jokes about Groundhog Day have had to do with an animal named Staten Island Chuck that slipped from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s hands – but not for much longer.
A musical based on the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” will soon be coming to Broadway.
The tale of an arrogant weather forecaster forced to live the same day over and over again is slated to arrive in 2017.
It is being adapted by the four creators of the hit “Matilda the Musical.” — director Matthew Warchus, composer Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling and set and costume designer Rob Howell.
The book will be by Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the screenplay with the late Harold Ramis. The producers are Whistle Pig Productions, Scott Rudin and Columbia Live Stage.
The story will be based on the film that starred Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliot – and was shot in Woodstock, Illinois standing in for Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. A groundhog named Woodstock Willie, along with Punxsutawney Phil, has become a sensation on Feb. 2.
No casting was for the Broadway show was announced.
Previews will start in January 2017.
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