“Groundhog Day” – The Musical?

by | April 1, 2009 at 5:26 PM | The Movies


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Once, several years ago, the famous Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim stated that he’d love to to a stage musical version of one of Bill Murray’s most fondly-remembered films, Groundhog Day, in which he plays a self-absorbed weatherman doomed to live the same day over and over until he learns the true meaning of Christmas – or at least a thing or two about how to live a better life. Now we’ve got word from director/producer/co-writer/co-Ghostbuster Harold Ramis that Sondheim’s idea was more than just wishful thinking.

Turns out Groundhog Day co-writer Danny Rubin is working on a book for the musical, and longtime Sondheim director James Lapine has even contacted Ramis about it. There’s nothing solid on whether Sondheim will actually be involved, but the signs are good. If U2 can make a Spider-Man musical, they can certainly do this. Ramis did joke about what the music might entail, though, saying that they only need to write one song and repeat it again and again all the way through. Would you want to see Groundhog Day: The Musical, and then see the musical version adapted into a new feature film, like The Producers?