Tim Minchin to turn Groundhog Day into a stage musical

Tim Minchin

Australian comedian hopes to repeat success of hit show Matilda with adaptation of 1993 comedy

LAST UPDATED AT 15:46 ON Mon 13 Jan 2014

TIM MINCHIN, the man who helped turn Roald Dahl's Matilda into a hit stage musical, will try to repeat the trick with Groundhog Day.

The Australian musician and comedian has told The Guardian he's writing a new score to the 1993 movie starring Bill Murray. The actor plays a TV weatherman who finds himself in a time loop after covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Minchin will be collaborating with the movie's original scriptwriter Danny Rudin and Matilda director Matthew Warchus.

"Our version of Groundhog Day is going to be both instantly recognisable, and utterly different," Minchin on his blog. "The central conceit is perfectly suited to the theatre, in my opinion. In fact, I think many of its ideas could be enhanced by the stage. It has the potential to be complex, dark, visually fascinating, and thematically rich, whilst still being a joyous romantic comedy with cool tunes and lots of gags."

Minchin added that the idea of a Groundhog Day musical is not new: Stephen Sondheim was reportedly working on a stage version of movie "five or ten years ago".

"It got put on the backburner and he [Sondheim] is happy that we're making a go of it," Minchin wrote.

Matlida broke the record for winning the most Olivier Awards in 2012 when it went away with seven trophies. They included one for best actress in a musical, presented jointly to the four child stars who share the title role. · 

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