Scott Rudin pulls out of Groundhog Day musical
US producer Scott Rudin has pulled out of the forthcoming Groundhog Day musical, which opens in London next month ahead of a planned Broadway transfer.
Rudin was one of four co-producers on the show, which will have its world premiere at the Old Vic. It is planned to transfer to New York in early 2017.
Shortly after Matthew Warchus began his tenure as artistic director in 2015, the Old Vic secured a partnership with Rudin – and fellow producer Sonia Friedman – giving them exclusivity on transfers from the Old Vic into the West End, Broadway and elsewhere in the UK and US.
The Old Vic did not comment on how Rudin’s decision not to work on Groundhog Day might affect his relationship with the theatre.
In a statement given to The New York Times, Rudin said he made the decision to pull out of the project after feeling he could not be involved in the way he had wished.
He said: “The production in New York is going to be a transfer of the London production, which is not how we had originally conceived the project when I joined it.”
He added: “The more it evolved, the more it felt that there was no way for me to do what I like to do, so I asked to withdraw. Not every ideal show happens in the ideal circumstances for everyone involved. I wish them well with it. It’s a great show, and I’m sure it will be a big hit.”
The Old Vic continues to co-produce the musical with Andre Ptaszynski for Whistle Pig and Lia Vollack for Columbia Live Stage.
The venue said: “Like our co-producers, we understand Scott’s decision to step away from the project and know he remains supportive of Groundhog Day. We are hugely excited about opening the show at the Old Vic in July and its future life on Broadway.”
Groundhog Day reunites writer Tim Minchin with Warchus, who is directing. The pair previously worked together on West End musical Matilda.
Groundhog Day runs from July 15 to September 17.
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