Groundhog Day to Open on B’way in Spring 2017

first_img After London critics and audiences repeatedly fell for new musical Groundhog Day, the writing was on the wall when Jersey Boys announced it would close at the August Wilson Theatre early next year. The much-buzzed about stage adaptation of the 1993 film will begin previews in March 2017 and officially open on April 17 at the venue. No official word on casting, but it is widely expected that the transfer will be headlined by the show’s star in the U.K., two-time Tony nominee Andy Karl.Directed by Matthew Warchus, the musical features a score by Matilda scribe Tim Minchin and a book by Danny Rubin (who co-wrote the original film). The production is currently playing at the Old Vic, with Karl as Phil and Carlyss Peer as Rita. The move to the Great White Way comes after a bit of a switcheroo with the producing team, that led the production to initially cancel its first round of 2017 New York opening dates.Groundhog Day follows TV weather man Phil (played by Bill Murray in the film), who reluctantly goes to cover the story of Punxsutawney Phil for the third year in a row. Making no effort to hide his frustration, he covers the story and moves on, expecting his job to be finished. However, he awakes the “following” day and discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and the fun happens again and again and again. He soon realizes he must take advantage of it in order to secure the love of a coworker. Andy Karl in ‘Groundhog Day’ at The Old Vic(Photo: Manuel Harlan) Related Shows Groundhog Daycenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 17, 2017last_img read more

Opinion of Charles Ramson Jr

first_imgDear Editor,I have read letters to the editor published about Charles Ramson Jr after his announcement about running for the PPP’s presidential candidacy and I wanted to share another view since I have known Charles for decades, and Guyanese need to know about the persons who would like to lead Guyana.I would also like to disclose that I am a relative of Mark Devonish who wrote that Charles would not be a good choice for President. My position stands to offer you perspective.For the decades I have known Charles… from our school days at Stella Maris and Queen’s College. We were always in the same class up until I left Guyana.He was always a person who held good judgment, strong values and was always good to everyone he encountered. In fact, I have never seen him display or express a single racist, bigoted, sexist or class-ist view in my entire life. He was always the “fight-parter”, but was always willing to fight if necessary to defend himself and others.Those elements about a person remain unchanged. It is who they are and how they are made up. Those to me are not only essential ingredients of good leadership, but exactly the kind of leadership necessary for Guyana.Opinion pieces have been published about him and one from a member of my extended family. While everyone is entitled to an opinion, I firmly believe that a Facebook argument you had with someone years ago and very little real-life interaction will give very little insight into determining the value system essential for leadership and, therefore, has no relevance in public discussion.In my opinion, I also think he would make a good president based on what he brings to the table.He will inspire a generation of young people; he can bridge the bitter racial and political divide in Guyana; he will improve Guyana’s international relationships, image and foreign investment opportunities, but most importantly he is the only person in politics at the moment, who has a deeper understanding of oil and gas economies which will be a dominant part of Guyana’s future.I know writing this has somewhat compromised my personal privacy, which is important to me but that is how strongly I view this subject.Edwin Foo IITokyo, Japanlast_img read more