Groundhog Day to close on Broadway | It won't be coming back night after night after night © Manuel Harlan

Groundhog Day to close on Broadway

It won't be coming back night after night after night

Groundhog Day is to close on Broadway  next month.

The musical adaptation of the 1993 film comedy, for which Tim Minchin wrote the music and lyrics has struggled to meet its running costs.

When it closes on September 17, it will have run for 208 performances in New  York.

The show began in London’s Old Vic last year, where its director Matthew Warchus is artistic director, and began previews in New York on March 16

 Co-written by the film’s original writer, Danny Rubin, it was nominated for seven Tony Awards – including best new musical – but won none.

News of its closure comes a week after the movie’s star Bill Murray attended the show at the August Wilson Theatre and heaped praise on the cast.

Groundhog Day cost up to $17.5 million to stage, and the New York Times estimates that much of that money will be lost.

• Our report on the London run

Published: 16 Aug 2017

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