He managed to enter the August Wilson Theatre in New York
City on Tuesday night will relatively little fanfare. But once inside the lobby,
Murray, who was accompanied by screenwriter (and book writer of the musical)
Danny Rubin and his brother Brian Doyle-Murray, was soon spotted by fans -- and quickly
ended up on social media. The New York
Times, which tagged along during the actor’s first visit to the musical, reported
that he was greeted with applause from the audience before the show started.
By the time intermission came, ET has learned, Murray obliged
adoring fans with selfies in the lobby.
At the end of the show, which tells the story of a local
weatherman stuck repeating the same day over and over again in Punxsutawney,
Pennsylvania, Murray was seen wiping tears from his eyes during the curtain
call. The actor then spent more than an hour onstage visiting with the musicians,
crew and cast, including Andy Karl, who was nominated for a Tony for his
portrayal of Phil Connors.
Later, in a post on Instagram, Karl said Murray was “a true gentlemanand as impossible as it seems, I love the guy even more now.”
Murray is not the film’s only star to attend the Broadway
production. In April, shortly after the show opened, MacDowell caught a
performance while in town for the Tribeca Film Festival. Despite tearing his
ACL during a preview performance less than a week prior, Karl was still able to
perform -- much to the delight of the actress. “Andy was fantastic. He went from
singing like a rock star to a choir boy,” she told ET shortly after attending
the show. “I smiled the whole time.”
Speaking to Groundhog
Day’s legacy, which has only grown 24 years since its theatrical debut,
MacDowell said the musical version “adds on to how great it was and what a
beautiful movie it was.”
“It’s a great story about being a human, too, you know,
getting it right,” she concluded.
In an interview
with the Times, following the performance, Murray
spoke of the story’s message and why it left him in tears. “The idea that we
just have to try again. We just have to try again. It’s such a beautiful,
powerful idea,” he said.