There has been a lot of goodbyes being announced this week in the Broadway world. The musicals, Bandstand and Groundhog Day, which I both generally liked (click on every and all titles for my reviews), and Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, which I thought was greatly over-rated will close shortly in the early days of September. On Your Feet!, the Broadway musical about the lives of music icon Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan, will also end its run at the Marquis Theatre on August 20 after 34 previews and 746 regular performances. That show I must admit I never saw, nor was I all that interested in seeing it.
Bandstand and Groundhog Day are both a bit of a surprise. The 2017 Olivier Award-winning musical Groundhog Day will end its Broadway run on Sunday, September 17, after 32 previews and 176 performances at the August Wilson Theatre. Three-time Tony nominee Andy Karl who plays the lead, weatherman Phil, a role he originated at the Old Vic Theatre in London suffered an infamous knee injury just days before opening night, but still managed to go on and get nominated. The handsome Karl who won the 2017 Olivier, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Actor in a Musical, lost out to Ben Platt at the Tonys. Karl will be greatly missed on the Broadway stage, not just for his boundless energy and handsome face, but he is a super talented leading man with star charisma. But I’m sure he will be back.
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