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‘Groundhog Day’ musical is Broadway bound, ‘Cats’ singer exits

Andy Karl and Rita Hanson in the London

Andy Karl and Rita Hanson in the London production of "Groundhog Day," which will open on Broadway in April.

THE SHOW “Groundhog Day”

THE DEAL As expected, the new musical adaptation of the Bill Murray film “Groundhog Day,” which just opened to rave reviews in London, will open on Broadway in April, just before the Tony Awards eligibility date. It will play the August Wilson Theatre, where “Jersey Boys” is about to close. The production reunites director Matthew Warchus and songwriter Tim Minchin, who worked together on “Matilda.” Danny Rubin, who co-authored the film’s screenplay, is the musical’s book writer.


THE DEAL The Broadway revival of “Cats” opened less than two months ago, but Leona Lewis is already set to take her final trip to cat heaven. The English singer, who received mixed reviews for her performance as Grizabella, will exit the show Oct. 9. No word yet on who will be the next actress to sing “Memory.”

THE SHOW “Fiddler on the Roof”

THE DEAL The producers of the Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” announced last week that they are canceling a performance scheduled for Oct. 11, the evening when Yom Kippur begins. During the original Broadway production, an actress said she got fired from the show because she took off to observe the High Holidays (although producer Hal Prince insisted that was untrue). The revival will play its last performance Dec. 31.

THE SHOW “Broadway Bounty Hunter”

THE DEAL “Broadway Bounty Hunter,” a new musical by Joe Iconis in which actress Annie Golden plays an alternative version of herself working as a professional bounty hunter, will be performed in concert at Joe’s Pub on Sept. 26, following its recent premiere at Barrington Stage. Golden, who has appeared in multiple Broadway musicals, also plays the mute Norma on “Orange Is the New Black.”

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