Nearly a quarter-century after its release, “Groundhog Day” remains one of Bill Murray’s most famous movies, and this week, he gave the Broadway musical adaptation of his beloved comedy his blessing after it reportedly moved him to tears.
The New York Times covered Murray’s visit to the August Wilson Theatre to see the show, during which he took selfies and hung out with starstruck fans who couldn’t believe that Phil Connors himself was with them in the audience. He was joined by his brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, who played Buster Green in the original film, and Danny Rubin, who co-wrote “Groundhog Day” with the film’s late director, Harold Ramis, and wrote the book for the musical as well.
By the end of the show, Murray was seen “visibly sobbing” as the cast took their bows. After the show ended, he joined the cast backstage to offer his congratulations.
“As actors, I can’t respect enough how disciplined you are and how serving you are of the process,” he said. “There’s nothing worse than seeing someone that’s out for themselves. And you are all in it for each other.”
Afterwards, Murray offered his take on why “Groundhog Day” remains so memorable to fans after all these years.
“The idea that we just have to try again. We just have to try again. It’s such a beautiful, powerful idea.”