Broadway has changed a lot over the years, but it is still a place where much of the world’s best live entertainment can be found. From thought-provoking plays to bombastic musicals, productions staged in New York’s legendary theater district regularly make a splash all around the globe. Many of the most popular shows of recent years have started on Broadway, in fact, only to go on to years-long runs that take them all over the world. As a result, keeping up with the latest developments in Braodway theatre can be one great way to stay in tune with the most likely developments of the near future.
As the newest show on Broadway of all at the present time, Groundhog Day has some significant expectations to live up to. The recent history of Broadway has seen quite a few successful productions taking off from familiar points in other spheres of entertainment. Some of the best Broadway shows of recent times, in fact, have been either direct recreations of films, television shows, books, and the like, or at the very least inspired by them.
Groundhog Day is no exception, although its pedigree is distinctive enough to make it stand out. The highly regarded 1993 movie starring Bill Murray has remained popular through the quarter-century since, something that relatively few light comedies achieve. The original Groundhog Day accomplished this, in part, by putting a clever spin on the genre that the lead actor was especially well equipped to make work.
Murray’s charismatic, slightly off-kilter screen presence has always been one that comes most into its own in unusual dramatic and comedic situations. The ever-repeating hours that motivated Groundhog Dag the film turned out to be a perfect match for Murray’s patient but ironic outlook as an actor.
Although the early reviews for the just-opened Broadway show inspired by the film gave some pause, impressions since have range a lot more toward the positive. While the Broadway production might suffer some from the lack of the now-aged actor who became so closely identified with the film, theater goers seem satisfied that it makes up for this in plenty of other ways.
As a result, passes for Groundhog Day have quickly become some of the most sought-after Broadway theater Tickets of all at the present time. While it remains to be seen whether the show will become a blockbuster or achieve a bit less, it seems certain to repeat, in appropriate fashion, at least some of the successes of the film that inspired it.